Danielle Cushing, RD, LDN, CNSC

Retail Manager

Location 15h@2xGreater Chicago Area

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Summary

I'm a registered dietitian with a multi-faceted professional background. I'm currently the cafe manager at a medical facility and a food blogger. I've also been a critical care dietitian, an educator, a recipe tester and food photographer, and a waitress.

Seeking a challenging role in the food and nutrition industry. Experience with recipe... Read more

I'm a registered dietitian with a multi-faceted professional background. I'm currently the cafe manager at a medical facility and a food blogger. I've also been a critical care dietitian, an educator, a recipe tester and food photographer, and a waitress.

Seeking a challenging role in the food and nutrition industry. Experience with recipe development and food promotion. Excellent written and oral communication skills; proficient with social media.

My Dream Job is Professional Taste-Tester!

Work Experience
  • Retail Manager

    Morrison Healthcare
    Jan. 2016 to Present (11 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Develop menus; assist in food production and recipe testing; identify areas for promotion; implement marketing
    • Implement all nutrition and wellness marketing; coordinate and oversee special events; maintain customer relations
    • Oversee operation of an account with greater than >100K in annual sales; directly manage 12 employees
    • Responsible for purchasing and maintaining an inventory with an average value of $8K
    • Grew coffee shop sales by >100% in the past fiscal year
    • Budget smallwares and interior décor elements of $70K in anticipation of upcoming site move

  • Food Blogger

    The Every Kitchen
    Jun. 2014 to Present (2 years and 6 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Develop recipes, photograph foods, and write content for a personal food blog; contribute to food sharing web sites
    • Manage social media accounts related to food and nutrition (Twitter, Facebook business, Instagram, Pinterest)
    • Self-teach all technical aspects of web site development, search engine optimization, and using a DSLR camera

  • Contract Dietitian

    Nov. 2014 to Dec. 2015 (1 year)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Collaborated on marketing and promotional campaigns, including writing press releases and fact sheets
    • Pitched, developed, and executed nutrition programming in conjunction with local wellness facilities and universities
    • Represented the nutrition counseling and education company at nutrition-focused community events and business fairs

  • Freelance Recipe Tester and Food Photographer

    LifeDish
    Oct. 2015 to Dec. 2015 (2 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Made and edited recipes; provided feedback on ease, taste, quality, and appearance of final fresh and reheated dishes
    • Photographed and edited process from delivery to composed dish for use on recipe cards, website, and promotional material

  • Clinical Dietitian

    Forsyth Medical Center, Novant Health
    Jul. 2013 to Dec. 2015 (2 years and 5 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Assessed nutritional needs, develop, and implement education and interventions for adult inpatients
    • Prescribed and adjust nutrition support regimens including enteral and parenteral nutrition
    • Collaborated with physicians and team members via one-on-one interactions, medical rounds, and Joint Practice meetings

Education
Skills

Ordering / Purchasing

Culinary Menu / Recipe Development

Servesafe Certified

Food Safety Knowledge

General knife handling

Inventory

Menu development

Classic Food / Wine Service

Customer service

POS Systems

Staff Management of 20

Staff education / motivation

Food Preparation Knowledge

Purchasing / ordering

Recruiting / hiring

Social Media

Web Maintenance

Writing

Microsoft Office

Gluten Free

Certifications & Courses
  • Registered Dietitian
    Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics
    Jun. 2012 to Jun. 2026
  • Food Safety Manager's Certificate
    Jul. 2016 to Jul. 2021
  • Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
    National Board of Nutrition Support Certification
    Apr. 2013 to Apr. 2018
Organizations & Volunteer Activity
  • Volunteer • Aug. 2016 to Present
  • Chicago Food & Nutrition Network
    Member • Jan. 2016 to Present
  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
    Member • Jan. 2011 to Present
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