Meet the Team

Judith Winfrey
The granddaughter of a Georgia farmer and daughter of a professional caterer, Judith has devoted her life and career to the advocacy of good food. She and her husband own and operate Love is Love organic farm in Atlanta.
Seth Freedman
Since joining the PeachDish team in 2014 as culinary director, Seth Freedman has created hundreds of exciting and fun-to-make menus using fresh, seasonal ingredients from around the South. Freedman worked with top chefs in New York and in Atlanta, at the Four Seasons, Star Provisions and Bacchanalia before turning his full attention to the local food movement. He served as program director of one of Atlanta’s first farm-to-school programs and market chef for a collective of farmers markets. In 2016 he was named a Georgia Grown Executive Chef for his commitment to locally grown food.
Culinary Director
Hadi Irvani
Hadi graduated from the University of Virginia. Hadi loves e-commerce, biking and entertaining. He regularly has large dinner parties where all of his guests help in the kitchen.
Andy Carson
Andy graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University. He moved to Charleston to work in the kitchens of some of the city’s most beloved restaurants before moving to Atlanta. Over the course of 11 years, he served in multiple positions at nationally renowned Star Provisions, Bacchanalia, and Quinones at Bacchanalia from James Beard Award-winning Chef Anne Quatrano. When he isn’t working, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristen, and their son, Gabriel.
Operations Director
Pengyi Wang
Pengyi is an and tech guru. As our resident technology expert, Pengyi goes above and beyond to maintain the backend of the PeachDish website. In addition to his coding genius, we rely on Pengyi’s knowledge of Asian cuisine.
Lead Developer
Michael Milich
Michael is always smiling and loves people. He resides in downtown Atlanta and enjoys exploring different restaurants, golfing, and making new friends. When Michael isn't working, you can find him watching his favorite sports teams or obsessing over his fantasy football lineups.
Customer Experience & Sales Manager
Jamie Patton-Lindke
Born and raised in Michigan, Jamie moved to Atlanta after graduating with a degree in Religious Studies from Kalamazoo College. Her love of good food began with picking raspberries and wild strawberries each summer at her childhood home, and developed during her time in Taipei, Taiwan, where she attended KaiPing Culinary High School as an exchange student. When she's not working, Jamie likes to explore Atlanta restaurants with her husband, and play with her three dogs- Willa, Truman, and Bear.
Inventory & Purchasing Manager
Katie Maxwell
After graduating with a degree in Business and IT Management from Georgia Tech, Katie worked for several years as a corporate IT Project Manager. In her free time Katie loved finding and supporting local and sustainable products, so when she discovered an opportunity at PeachDish she made the leap to align her career and personal passions. Outside of work, you can often find Katie running, reading health blogs, or (re)organizing her kitchen.
Technology Manager
Alex Lampert
Alex graduated from NYU with a Masters in Food Studies, and has spent her career thus far working in good food. As a chef and advocate, she has worked for various restaurants and non-profits that focus on connecting people to the farmers who grow their food. Her favorite part of working for PeachDish is aggregating great ingredients from local farms. She loves gardening, writing and feeding people well.
Interim Purchasing Manager
Staci Janik
Staci is a designer living and working in Atlanta, Georgia. She studied graphic design at the Creative Circus where she currently serves as a typography instructor. She works as a freelance designer specializing in visual systems for nice people in the Atlanta food and restaurant industry.
Graphic Designer
Emily Clausen
Emily Clausen is a South Louisiana native and graduate from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. As a culinary major and communications minor, she loves food and spreading that love in her communities and across the web. When not focused on all things food, Emily enjoys exploring Atlanta’s best hiking spots and book shops with her pup, Sasha.
Recipe Editor & Culinary Coordinator
Kate Blohm
Kate, originally from North Carolina, graduated from Savannah College of Art & Design with a B.F.A. in photography. Since graduation she has photographed over 50 restaurants in the Savannah area, collaborated with multiple chefs and has worked within every aspect of the restaurant. When Kate isn't indulging in the test kitchen, she is exploring new restaurants, traveling to visit friends and family or laying low with her doberman, Aoewa.
Photographer & Videographer
Terence Gomes
Born in Calcutta, in the Indian state of West Bengal, Terence’s background is in sales and service. Terence loves listening to music and trying new recipes with his wife and two daughters.
Customer Service
Katie Kriner
Katie moved to Atlanta after graduating from Appalachian State University in 2016 and is currently a Dietetic Intern training to be, in her words, "a real-deal Registered Dietitian... an r.d. RD!". When she's not researching the latest nutrition-related studies and fun food puns, Katie can be found wandering the aisles of an international grocery store or a local farmer's market. In 2017, Katie gave her cat, Panini, the title of "unofficially but quite possibly the best cat in the world".
Kassem Al Hussid
Kassem and his family emigrated to the United States from Syria in July 2016. In Syria, Kassem owned and managed a grocery store along with a team of 12 employees. PeachDish connected with Kassem through an Atlanta-based resettlement program and desired to add his business and food management exprience to the PeachDish team. At PeachDish, Kassem helps manage transportation and packaging logistics. Outside of PeachDish, Kassem enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children.
Transportation & Packaging Coordinator
Nancie McDermott
Nancie McDermott is a cookbook author and cooking teacher fascinated by the people, stories, and places behind the food. A NC native and graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, she loves exploring the history, culture, and distinctions within the regional cuisines of the American South. Nancie is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Les Dames d’Escoffier, Association of Food Journalists, and the Southern Foodways Alliance, and lives with her family in Chapel Hill NC.
Recipe Contributor
Sandra Gutierrez
Sandra Gutierrez, food writer, cookbook author and professional cooking instructor, has taught thousands how to cook. Born in the USA, this bilingual, award-winning Latina author of four cookbooks is considered one of the top national experts on Latin American and Southern Regional cuisines.  Her books have won her special recognition from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal. An accomplished journalist, she has interviewed the likes of Emeril Lagasse, Sara Moulton, and Alton Brown. As a recipe tester and developer, Sandra has had over 3,000 original recipes and over 1500 articles published. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, literary festivals, and in museums. Her first book is part of an exhibit in the Smithsonian Museum.
Recipe Contributor
Sheri Castle
Sheri Castle is a food writer, recipe developer, and cooking teacher, and popular public speaker. She's the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, has contributed hundreds of recipes and articles to national and regional magazines, and is the former Senior Food Editor for Southern Living. Sheri hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains, but now lives in Fearrington Village, NC. She is fueled by farmers' markets, excellent bourbon, and the endless pursuit of the right word.
Recipe Contributor
Cynthia Graubart
Cynthia Graubart is a food writer, James Beard Award winning cookbook author, speaker, former cooking show TV producer, and most-recently the author of Chicken: A Savor the South™ cookbook (UNC Press). Named a Georgia Grown Executive Chef for 2017, she shares her passion for her home state and its bountiful produce and products with her audiences across many platforms. Cynthia Graubart is passionate about food – from researching its origins, writing recipes, teaching technique, to bringing families together at the table. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI). She and her husband, Cliff, who owns the Old New York Book Shop, regularly travel to book festivals and always have a full bar.
Recipe Contributor
Chef Zu
Chef Zu is a plant based Farm-to-Table Chef as well as Certified Holistic Nutritionist who focuses on using local organic produce to create healthy innovative vegan & raw dishes.
Recipe Contributor
Stella Dillard
An Atlanta native, Stella’s introduction to Georgia agriculture was through Riverview farms CSA shortly before she started her culinary career at Woodfire Grill in 2007. A year later she moved to England, where she was fascinated by neighborhood butchers who had been buying game from hunters and hanging meat from small local farms for centuries. Her work at Holeman & Finch and Farmburger connected her to Southern farmers, ranchers and cheesemakers, and she worked to incorporate their products into menus. She remains an advocate for local agriculture and is passionate about making their delicious products approachable for home cooks. When she is not in the kitchen she can be found managing Poncey Highland Community Garden, a nascent permaculture garden in Atlanta.
Recipe Contributor
Joon Lim
Joon has been involved in fine dining for almost ten years, as a server, manager, and a sommelier. He currently works as the sommelier at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, opening in Dunwoody. Before working at Double Eagle Steakhouse, Joon was the sommelier for Vine Vault in Atlanta. Joon also spent five and a half years with Kevin Rathbun's group of restaurants. Joon is currently an Advanced Sommelier via The Court of Master Sommeliers, and looks forward to taking the final level, Master Sommelier examination next July.
Alexia Ryan, Beer Girl
Looking for the perfect brew to go along with your PeachDish meals? We've partnered with the owners of Beer Girl, a local Atlanta shop, to help you select the perfect beverage. Beer Girl's passionate owners, Alexia Ryan and Erik Lewis opened their shop with the dream of connecting the people of their community with delicious craft beer from the South and beyond. Here are this week's suggested pairings:
Erik Lewis, Beer Girl
Looking for the perfect brew to go along with your PeachDish meals? We've partnered with the owners of Beer Girl, a local Atlanta shop, to help you select the perfect beverage. Beer Girl's passionate owners, Alexia Ryan and Erik Lewis opened their shop with the dream of connecting the people of their community with delicious craft beer from the South and beyond. Here are this week's suggested pairings:
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