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Positive Impact with Innovative Chef Cynthia Sestito

Positive Impact with Innovative Chef Cynthia Sestito

Cynthia Sestito is a chef/ restaurant owner and consultant. She has been in this business for 25 years. Before that she had a clothing and fabric / houseware goods company in Paris and New York. Cynthia has two dresses in the Met collection/ awards.

We discuss:

  • Self-protection at times of adversity [2:40]
  • The propelling factor of never being successful enough [4:14]
  • How to maneuver into the next part of dealing with the COVID-19 situation [7:09]
  • Why you can’t be afraid of challenging times [9:04]
  • New worlds that can make cooking exciting again [10:48]
  • Heightening a dinner experience: smell, flavor and health [13:04]
  • Sticks and seeds and lousy weed [18:25]
  • The time to hear yourself [21:50]
  • A memoir of life and food [24:31]
  • What makes a cooking book stands out [26:49]

In 2017, Cynthia woke up to find her catering business was gone, for myriad reasons, including kitchen fire and burns, loss of license, loss of home and a bad partnership. Cynthia is currently trying to reestablish her catering on a smaller scale, and she is creating foods in the world of micro-dosed cannabis. 

Cynthia is an alumnae of the show Top Chef, and she recently appeared on the Netflix show Cooked with Cannabis. She has spent the last two years writing a cannabis cookbook and the outline / recipes for a memoir cookbook.

Learn more about Cynthia at, and Instagram.

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About the author, David Shriner-Cahn

David is the podcast host and community builder behind Smashing the Plateau, an online platform offering resources, accountability, and camaraderie to high-performing professionals who are making the leap from the corporate career track to entrepreneurial business ownership.

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