Secaucus NJ… It has become a tradition at the annual Kosherfest to crown a Mashgiach (Kosher Supervisor) of the Year and 2021 was no exception. Eli Herman of Valley Village CA was this year’s “2021 Mashgiach of the Year,” for which he received a $1,000 cash award from Kashrus Magazine, which sponsors the annual competition. Mr. Herman, who has worked for the Rabbinical Council of California (the “RCC”) since 2006, was chosen from among the nominees of the 1,493 kosher agencies worldwide. The sponsors of the eleventh annual “Mashgiach of the Year” award included Kosherfest (Diversified Communications and Lubicom), Kosher Vitamin Express, and Costa Rica Kosher Adventures. These companies appreciate the service which mashgichim around the world regularly provide for the kosher consumer.
Herman is the main mashgiach at Ralphs Kosher Experience where he is responsible for the kosher meats, fish, sushi, and the bakery. He also supervises many kosher catered affairs in the Los Angeles area. “Choosing one mashgiach from among so many entries,” said Rabbi Yosef Wikler, editor of Kashrus Magazine, “is always a challenge, but, when in one man we find all of qualities we are searching for, the qualities which make a mashgiach a powerful partner in the food service or food manufacture team, then we know that we have our man. In response, Eli Herman said, “The way that I make sure everything is done correctly is by a combination of three things which I do whenever I walk into any place I work at. First, I let them know who I am. Then, I let them know what is expected of them to do in order to maintain kosher standards. And then I smile. For me, being a mashgiach is a passion, a constant passion.”