Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristine Bocchino.
Kristine, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been working in the hospitality industry my entire life. Exploring every aspect of the business, I’ve been a pastry chef, sommelier and even owned a restaurant and food truck with my chef/ex-husband at one point. After so many years of 90 hour work weeks and constant stress, I could feel my career taking its toll on both my body and mind.
I was able to move into more of a consulting roll a couple of years ago and also began work as a food and beverage writer. Quarterly columns in local mag Edible LA and International/Italian-based Drops Magazine have been an excellent creative outlet and great way to stay in touch with contacts in the restaurant and bar business around the world.
Still looking for something more fulfilling, I contacted the founder of Healthy Hospo, Tim Etherington-Judge, and asked for a meeting… Once learning about what Tim was doing in Europe, I knew we had to bring Healthy Hospo to the US. I’ve lost two very close friends in the business to substance abuse and alcoholism and knew we were in desperate need of more resources and support. The hospitality industry is the 3rd unhealthiest industry that a person can work in. The majority don’t get nearly enough sleep, then don’t exercise as we should and often eat unhealthy late-night meals if anything at all. The physical and mental toll that long-term work in hospitality takes can do irreparable damage if not managed correctly.
After launching in the US this past Spring, we’ve planned a series of fun fitness events, been hired by leading Los Angeles restaurant and bar groups to lead wellness workshops and have been a part of the training platform for Sales people and Ambassadors of some very prominent companies in the Food & Beverage Industry. It’s a great start and we’re just getting started.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My ex-husband and I opened our dream restaurant during the worst economic period in recent US history. It was not only an amazing, heart-warming experience but the most brutally stressful time in our lives. We still run into people nine years later that tell us how much this miss the place. After having to step away from the restaurant, we also lost our house the following year. We basically started over and re-invented ourselves at that point, but it wasn’t an easy process.
Healthy Hospo – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As an organization, Healthy Hospo is known as a leader in supporting health and wellness in the hospitality industry. We host talks at all the major bar shows around the world, train brand ambassadors for some of the largest liquor companies in the world, and my partner Tim (as founder of HH) was just named #10 in the top 100 Most Influential People in the bar industry. Being that everything we do is funded by sponsorship and donation, we’re always on the lookout for amazing, like-minded partners.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me is being proud of what I do on a daily basis. Having an outlet for creativity and sharing my experience while helping others to live their best lives is beyond rewarding.
- Website: www.healthyhospo.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @healthyhospo and @calfresco
- Facebook: Healthy Hospo