Confessions

Operators open up about their passions, fears and embarrassing moments
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Dawn Aubrey, associate director of housing for dining services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, admires Stephen Hawking, would love to travel around the world and wishes the deep-fried candy bar trend had never started.

Thomas Cooley, R.D. makes his own nine-pepper hot sauce, hates bottled water and would love to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.

Vinnie Livoti, director of food services for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, headquartered in Columbia, loves a snack of late-night nachos, would go back in time to keep Vito Corleone from being killed and has been in foodservice for so long that he can’t imagine doing anything else.

Takes pleasure in anything with French pastry cream on it, would like to learn how to fly a helicopter and would visit the Renaissance if he had a time machine.

Lisa Poggas, director of nutritional services for Parker Adventist Hospital and Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, in Colorado, has a classic car collection, wishes she could be an artist and always has wine and cheese in her refrigerator.

John Lindower, foodservice manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, in Columbia, treasures his five children, dreams of an Australian vacation and is sure he once ate dog.

Bertrand Weber, director of culinary and nutrition services for the Minneapolis Public Schools, hates flying but wants to skydive and wishes he had more athletic ability.

Neal Lavender loves Costco, hates food trucks and wishes he could have been in attendance to hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech.

Randy Lait, senior director of hospitality services at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, admires his mother, wishes he were a better typist and would be a now-retired NFL punter if not for his career in foodservice.

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