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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.
President
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.
Founder
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
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
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
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
Robert Sanders
After 8 years in the Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer and graduating with a B.S in Industrial Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Robert started his 15 years in food production operations with both large and small companies. During this time he earned an EMBA in International Business at Mercer University and another BS in Accounting at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After graduation, he had an opportunity at Wrigley in his hometown of Chattanooga, TN. Before joining PeachDish Robert worked in Georgia at California Cereal Products and Home Chef. Outside work, Robert enjoys listening to various musical genres while trying to name the year of any 1980s to now popular tunes. He also enjoys healthy cooking at home and traveling (he has visited 21 countries). Robert cherishes spending time washing his cars and hiking for meditation therapy.
Operations Manager
Lauren Bishop
Earning an ethics degree from one of the top agriculture universities in the world (North Carolina State), Lauren has a passion for creating a value-driven, transparent food system. This led her to a career in consulting for small food startups before landing at PeachDish. In her spare time she can be found on a plane to find her next favorite cuisine.
Marketing Manager
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
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
Luba Prakopchyk
Luba is proud to call Atlanta her home after moving here from Belarus nearly ten years ago. She brings a rich family tradition of Belarusian and Ukrainian cooking, a passion for gardening, and the desire to promote sustainable living.
Project Manager
Bridgette Boucha
As a CPA, Bridgette has spent the majority of her career in corporate financial leadership roles. She has always had a passion for health, fitness, and clean food. Working for PeachDish has provided a wonderful opportunity to combine her love of numbers and food!
Certified Public Accountant
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
Jose Lopez
Jose originally hails from the Philippines and has lived in Georgia for over sixteen years. A recent Graduate of Georgia College and State University, he has a degree in Environmental Science and a double minor in Photography and Outdoor Education. On the weekend you may find him cooking, rock climbing, helping on his mother’s farm, or hanging out with his cat Dr. Dog.
Operations & Culinary Coordinator
Pengyi Wang
Pengyi is an Amazon.com 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.
Senior Developer
Zack Creach
Zack joined the PeachDish team after years in commercial construction to pursue a longtime passion for web development. Part of the technology team, Zack is dedicated to ensuring the website is beautiful, efficient, and easy to use. When he's not coding, Zack enjoys shooting film, riding bikes, climbing rocks, and making cocktails.
Webstore Developer
Amanda Williams
After graduating with a B.A in Communications: Media Arts and Entertainment from Elon University, Amanda did everything to get her foot into the culinary industry. From working Garde manger & Line Cook at Lupa (Batali & Bastinach Hospitality Group) in New York, to recipe developer and food stylist (photo, video & ads) for multiple editorial brands (Southern Living, Cooking Light, Health, Real Simple, This is Alabama and more)- she has a true taste of the food industry. She has had a longtime love for veggie-focused food and getting people to eat it in more delicious and new ways. Outside of cooking and eating, you can find her dancing, watching oldies, attending musicals or traveling.
Food Stylist & Digital Marketing Coordinator
Sarah Scott
Sarah is a Georgia native with a passion for local food that was sparked when she attended Georgia College & State University. There she completed a degree in Community Health with a minor in Health Education, and worked on an organic farm and at the local farmer's market. Her favorite things about living in Atlanta are exploring the city and trying new cuisine around town. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting with new recipes, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Customer Experience & Marketing Coordinator
Katie Kriner
Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with BS in Nutrition and a minor in Chemistry from Appalachian State University, Katie can be found dabbling in her kitchen or wandering around a local farmer's market. When she's not inside researching or gabbing about obscure trivia about food science and culinary traditions, Katie prefers to be outside among the trees... or at least on her porch with her cat, Panini.
Nutritionist
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.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
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
Alondra Mares - Sanchez
Assistant Packing Supervisor
Iesha Weaver
Inventory & Operations Assistant
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
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
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
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
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:
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:
Deborah Geering
Deborah Geering, PeachDish's recipe editor, is also a writer whose work has appeared in Atlanta Magazine, People, Cooking Light, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other publications. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their son.
Recipe Editor
Tim Willard
Tim spent 21 years in the food and beverage industry before jumping full time into the world of wine. Passion for service and connecting with people have always been his motivation. In 2013 he completed the Advanced Sommelier course through the Court of Master Sommeliers and continues to study and mentor in pursuit of the Master Sommelier certification.Tim has been in Atlanta for just over four years spending time at Bacchanalia, The Spence and LUSCA. In 2014 Tim decided to dive fully into wine. He is now the Southeastern Regional Manager for Domaine Select Spirits and Wine.
Sommelier