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The SPE Certified team is comprised of some of the most talented professionals in their respective fields, complemented by a scientific committee of nutrition and health experts from Harvard, Tufts and Baylor.

Emmanuel Verstraeten

Emmanuel Verstraeten
Founder and CEO

Emmanuel Verstraeten is a “serial entrepreneur” who to date has launched 11 companies. He is currently Founder & CEO of SPE Certified.

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Greg Deligdisch

Greg Deligdisch
VP, Marketing

Greg is a luxury goods senior marketing executive and branding specialist with 20 years’ experience in the fine dining, wine & spirits and food sectors. Greg joined SPE Certified in June 2011 as VP, Marketing.

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Mei Dickerson

Mei Dickerson
VP, Business Development

Mei boasts over 20 years of business development/sales expertise at marketing and communications agencies focusing on Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Pfizer and Deloitte.

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Andrea Canada, M.P.H., R.D.

Andrea Canada, M.P.H., R.D.
VP, Culinary Nutrition & Sustainability

Andrea is a registered dietitian with a passion for good food, nutrition, public health and technology, and is now one of SPE Certified’s resident culinary nutritionists.

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Kristy Del Coro, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.

Kristy Del Coro, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.
Senior Culinary Nutritionist

Since 2011, Kristy has worked as the SPE Certified Culinary Nutritionist for Rouge Tomate New York –  the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the country to have a Registered Dietitian (RD) on staff – where she collaborates with the back- and front-of house teams.

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Andy Bennett

Andy Bennett
Executive Chef, SPE Certified + Rouge Tomate

From developing an enduring respect for the bounty of each season in the organic gardens of Le Manoir in Oxford, England to collaborating with renowned chef Daniel Boulud in New York, British-born chef Andy Bennett has always stayed true to his roots.

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Operating within a horizontally-structured company, the SPE Certified team is given the freedom required for their creativity to flourish.

With a vast amount of foodservice experience, a commitment to science and a conscious approach to healthy food and sustainability, our talented restaurant consultants are perfectly positioned to advise your chefs without detracting from their unique culinary vision.

To find out more about our certification program or our consulting services, please contact Mei Dickerson, VP, Business Development, at +1.646.553.3814 or mdickerson@specertified.com.
 

 


SPE Scientific Committee

Our Scientific Committee advises us throughout the year on developments within the nutritional field so that our recommendations are current and deeply rooted in science. 

Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, FASN, FACN, CNS

Jeffrey Blumberg is a Professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and also serves as the Director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. His research has focused on the biochemical basis for the role of antioxidant nutrients and their dietary requirements in promoting health and...

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Eric Decker, PhD

Professor Eric Decker is currently head of University of Massachusetts, Amherst's Department of Food Science (since 2008). He received his B.S. degree in Biology from Penn State University in 1982, his M.S. from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Washington State University in 1985 and his PhD from UMass Food Science in 1988 where he was a USDA National Needs Fellow. 
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John P. Foreyt, PhD

John P. Foreyt is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He is the Director of the DeBakey Heart Center's Behavioral Medicine Research Center, Department of Medicine, at Baylor.

Dr. Foreyt is also Adjunct Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of...

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Eric Rimm, ScD, ACE, FAHA

Eric Rimm, ScD, ACE, FAHA, is the Director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and at the Channing Laboratory at the Harvard Medical School.

He has an active research program in the study of diet, lifestyle characteristics, and biomarkers in...

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SPE Advisors

David M. Eisenberg, M.D.
Scientific Advisor

David M. Eisenberg is the Bernard Osher Distinguished Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. His educational and research interests include novel multi-disciplinary strategies to optimize lifestyle and self-care behaviors, like diet, exercise and stress management, to prevent, treat and manage...

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Pamela Peeke, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.
Brand Ambassador

Dr. Pamela Peeke is an internationally recognized expert, physician, scientist and author in the fields of nutrition, stress, fitness and public health. Also an avid athlete, Dr. Peeke is nationally known as the “doc who walks the talk,” as she inspires by living the message she teaches.

Dr. Peeke is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, a Pew Foundation...

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