About Us

Mission: Knifehand exists to help improve customer lives by offering convenient, healthy meals that help them be more efficient and effective in their everyday hustle.
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Vision: Knifehand Nutrition aims to knockout out the nutrition for performing athletes, but also fuel the hustle of the everyday badass. Our meals are designed to meet the 3 major phases of a performing athlete (Train, Recover, Compete), but if that’s not your focus, you can choose from any of our tasty chef-prepared meals to save you time and fuel your day.
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Joe Dunaway, CEO & Founder: Joe is a Marine Corps Veteran, former Division I athlete and graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Business with a double degree in Accounting and Entrepreneurship. Joe would cook all his meals for the week on Sundays in order to make his weekdays easier. After friends and family began to ask Joe to provide the same service to them, he started cooking macro-based performance meals from his kitchen in 2017. 
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Sarah Hassler, COO & Executive Chef: Sarah Hassler is the COO and resident chef consultant of Knifehand Nutrition. Trained in the classical method at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Sarah has spent years developing methods to promote plant-based cuisine in the mainstream world. Sarah brings her passion for inclusivity and thoughtful food to Knifehand, with a focus on fueling athletes and busy professionals in equal measure
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Chris Johnson, CMO & Social Media DirectorChris is a graduate of Union College with a degree in Industrial Economics and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Chris is a former Division 3 athlete and soccer goalkeeper coach. Chris started his marketing career through the development of a social media management company, specifically for the food and hospitality verticals in 2017, and supports many Syracuse area companies through his work.
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Ashley Russo-Leone, MA, RDN, CNSC: is an active registered dietitian nutritionist, healthy eating expert and wellness enthusiast. She graduated from Syracuse University, where she received a MA in Nutrition Science. In 2018, Ashley was named one of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Recognized Young Dietitians of the Year. She currently works as a clinical dietitian at Update Medical University, where she specializes in nutrition support. Ashley is very active in her local dietetics’ association and community. Additionally, she enjoys consulting for a variety of local food-based and wellness businesses. Ashley strongly believes in a whole-foods, plant-based diet, and has seen firsthand in her patients and clients the resulting health benefits. As a former competitive figure skater, Ashley understands the connection between input and output, as it pertains to nutrition and performance.