Chefs Without Restaurants

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Join Chris Spear as he interviews food and beverage entrepreneurs who've taken a unique path in the culinary world. His guests include caterers, research chefs, personal chefs, cookbook authors, food truck operators, farmers, and more – all individuals who've paved their own way in the culinary world. With over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including his own personal chef business, Perfect Little Bites, Chris is dedicated to helping others grow and succeed in the food and beverage industry. Tune in to hear their inspiring stories and valuable insights on the road less traveled in the food and beverage industry.

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Cooking with Pat Lee: A Food Content Creator's Journey
5d ago
Cooking with Pat Lee: A Food Content Creator's Journey
🎙️ This week on Chefs Without Restaurant I speak with Pat Lee, a food content creator and private chef who resides in Delaware. 💰 Pat started his career working in the financial industry. But in the early days of the Covid pandemic, he lost his job. Like many of us, he was spending a lot of time at home. Being unemployed, he was looking for ways to tighten his budget. One of the things he did was focus on cooking food at home.🔪 This eventually led to him creating cooking videos, teaching people how to be better cooks at home. You can find Pat on most social media platforms as Cooking with Pat Lee.🎙️ On the show, we talk about the business of food content creation, community, and building and interacting with your followers. Pat discusses his creative process, and what inspires him. He also talks about his new podcast Cast Iron Conversations with Pat Lee.PAT LEEPat's websitePat's Instagram, TikTok and YouTubePat's podcast: Cast Iron Conversations with Chef Pat LeeCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and ThreadsThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little BitesSPONSOR INFOHeaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond BourbonI'm excited to introduce you to Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond bourbon. Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond delivers a flavor profile that's unmatched. This bourbon is aged for seven years, three more than required, creating a richer, more sophisticated flavor profile. When you select this premium bottled-in-bond bourbon, Heaven Hill’s commitment to excellence is evident in every sip. Available Nationally, look for a bottle of Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond at your local store.Heaven Hill reminds you to Think Wisely. Drink Wisely.Support the Show.
Using Pizza to Raise Awareness and Money for Muscular Dystrophy with The Real Billy Z
May 1 2024
Using Pizza to Raise Awareness and Money for Muscular Dystrophy with The Real Billy Z
This week my guest is Billy Zureikat, known online as The Real Billy Z. He's a home cook, baker and pizza-maker who's life took an unexpected turn. He went from an active lifestyle, playing basketball and working at ESPN radio, to a challenging 8-year medical journey that resulted in a diagnosis of limb girdle muscular dystrophy 2L.As his body underwent changes, he found solace and a newfound passion in the kitchen. He traded his jersey for an apron, re-focusing his energy on becoming a better home cook and baker. Sandwiches and pizza became his canvas, and from that emerged the "Tripping Billy" pizza. Little did he know, this creation would become a catalyst for raising funds and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Teaming up with some of Chicago's best pizzerias and restaurants, he shares his story of reinvention through food. It became a way to show people that even in the face of change, positive things can happen. Over the past few years, he's collaborated with over 50 culinary giants, raising $50,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.   He's been the Illinois Ambassador for the MDA since January of 2022.BILLY ZUREIKATBilly's websiteBilly's Instagram, TikTok and YouTubeDonate to The Muscular Dystrophy AssociationCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and ThreadsThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little BitesSPONSOR INFOHeaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond BourbonI'm excited to introduce you to Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond bourbon. Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond delivers a flavor profile that's unmatched. This bourbon is aged for seven years, three more than required, creating a richer, more sophisticated flavor profile. When you select this premium bottled-in-bond bourbon, Heaven Hill’s commitment to excellence is evident in every sip. Available Nationally, look for a bottle of Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond at your local store.Heaven Hill reminds you to Think Wisely. Drink Wisely.Support the Show.
Modernist Cuisine, Sustainability, Culinary Traditions and More with Nathan Myhrvold
Apr 19 2024
Modernist Cuisine, Sustainability, Culinary Traditions and More with Nathan Myhrvold
This week my guest is Nathan Myhrvold of Modernist Cuisine. Nathan graduated high school and went to college at 14. He holds a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics, as well as a master’s degree in mathematical economics, from Princeton University. His master’s degree is in geophysics and space physics, and he did postdoctoral cosmology work with Stephen Hawking. Nathan then spent 14 years at Microsoft, where he was their first Chief Technology Officer.While working at Microsoft, he took a leave of absence to earn his culinary diploma from École de Cuisine La Varenne in France. Myhrvold retired from Microsoft in 1999 to found Intellectual Ventures and pursue several interests. Inspired by the void in literature about culinary science and the cutting-edge techniques used in the world’s best restaurants, Myhrvold assembled the Modernist Cuisine team to share the art andscience of cooking with others. In the culinary world, Nathan is known for his cooking lab, and the in-depth book sets Modernist Cuisine, Modernist Bread, and Modernist Pizza, as well as Modernist Cuisine at Home, and Modernist Bread at Home. His photography is sold at Modernist Cuisine Gallery by Nathan Myhrvold with locations in Seattle, New Orleans, and La Jolla.Topics discussed:The upcoming Modernist Pastry booksPizza-making at homeWhat is Modernist Cuisine?Breaking culinary traditions, and exploring cooking myths and loreMicrowaves, safety, and how they workCooking equipment such as combi ovens and induction cooktopsSustainability as it relates to the food and beverage industry NATHAN MYHRVOLD and MODERNIST CUISINENathan's WebsiteModernist Cuisine Website, Instagram and Facebook The Modernist Pizza PodcastCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and ThreadsThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little BitesSPONSOR INFOHeaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond BourbonI'm excited to introduce you to Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond bourbon. Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond delivers a flavor profile that's unmatched. This bourbon is aged for seven years, three more than required, creating a richer, more sophisticated flavor profile. When you select this premium bottled-in-bond bourbon, Heaven Hill’s commitment to excellence is evident in every sip. Available Nationally, look for a bottle of Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond at your local store.Heaven Hill reminds you to Think Wisely. Drink Wisely.Support the Show.
Stolen Recipes, Scrapple, Bill Murray and Bad Service
Apr 12 2024
Stolen Recipes, Scrapple, Bill Murray and Bad Service
This week I'm sharing a clip from another podcast I was featured on a couple of years ago. I share a couple of funny stories that I've never shared before. The first story is about how actor Bill Murray inadvertently ruined my anniversary dinner. I love Bill, and this isn't something he intentionally did, but the story relates to good (and poor) customer service.The other story is about scrapple, an original recipe of mine, and how a large spice company might have appropriated this recipe, passed it off as their own, and it subsequently ended up in a book. I've joked about it, but I'm still kind of salty. In today's content creation era, it's something that I think is relevant.PEOPLE AND THINGS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCASTPlum Luv Foods Episode 362 with Chris SpearChef Plum on InstagramThe ORIGINAL Scrapple Dip RecipeThe Bill Murray dinner incident post from 2012Buy the book Pennsylvania ScrappleCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and ThreadsThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little BitesSPONSOR INFOHeaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond BourbonI'm excited to introduce you to Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond bourbon. Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond delivers a flavor profile that's unmatched. This bourbon is aged for seven years, three more than required, creating a richer, more sophisticated flavor profile. When you select this premium bottled-in-bond bourbon, Heaven Hill’s commitment to excellence is evident in every sip. Available Nationally, look for a bottle of Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond at your local store.Heaven Hill reminds you to Think Wisely. Drink Wisely. Find out more at Heaven Hill DistillerySupport the Show.
Exploring Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon with Bernie Lubbers of Heaven Hill Distillery
Mar 27 2024
Exploring Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon with Bernie Lubbers of Heaven Hill Distillery
This week my guest is "the whiskey professor" Bernie Lubbers, Heaven Hill Distillery's national brand ambassador. If you want to learn more about bourbon, and one of America's oldest and best distilleries, this episode is for you. Bernie explains the criteria for bourbon, as well as the bottled-in-bond classification, something he's championed since beginning his bourbon career in 2005.We also discuss whiskey tastings and tasting notes in general. I asked him about the price of bottles, especially as it relates to the quality of the spirit. And I feel like it can be overwhelming when you go into the liquor store and see 200 different bottles of bourbon. Where do you even start? Bernie provides guidance.Being the bottled-in-bond guy, we talk about that particular class of bourbons, and how to create your own tasting at home.BERNIE LUBBERS and HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERYFind Bernie on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTokHeaven Hill's Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon WhiskeyBuy Bernie's book Bourbon Whiskey: Our Native SpiritCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and ThreadsThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little BitesSPONSOR INFOHeaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond BourbonI'm excited to introduce you to Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond bourbon. Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond delivers a flavor profile that's unmatched. This bourbon is aged for seven years, three more than required, creating a richer, more sophisticated flavor profile. When you select this premium bottled-in-bond bourbon, Heaven Hill’s commitment to excellence is evident in every sip. Available Nationally, look for a bottle of Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond at your local store.Heaven Hill reminds you to Think Wisely. Drink Wisely. Find out more at Heaven Hill DistillerySupport the Show.
Teaching Kids Culinary and Business Skills - The Fat Pastor Shawn Niles
Mar 21 2024
Teaching Kids Culinary and Business Skills - The Fat Pastor Shawn Niles
This week my guest is Shawn Niles (aka The Fat Pastor). Shawn started his church in 2015, but his love of cooking led him to competing on MasterChef in 2016. What chef Gordon Ramsay told him would change his life forever.Wanting to combine his two passions, Shawn started a program for at-risk youth in Yakima, WA called Urban Kitchen, to teach them culinary and business skills. At the end of the program, the students would open and run a 3-night pop-up restaurant. He would later start BiteClub Yakima, and have the opportunity to go to Italy to work with chef Massimo Bottura. Also, following in the footsteps of his dad, his 9-year old son Asher is a current contestant on MasterChef Junior.SHAWN NILES/THE FAT PASTORFind Shawn  on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTokShawn's websiteBiteClub YakimaCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and ThreadsThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little BitesSPONSOR INFOHeaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond BourbonI'm excited to introduce you to Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond bourbon. Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond delivers a flavor profile that's unmatched. This bourbon is aged for seven years, three more than required, creating a richer, more sophisticated flavor profile. When you select this premium bottled-in-bond bourbon, Heaven Hill’s commitment to excellence is evident in every sip. Available Nationally, look for a bottle of Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond at your local store.Heaven Hill reminds you to Think Wisely. Drink Wisely. Find out more at Heaven Hill DistillerySupport the Show.
Make Better Pizza at Home with Women's Pizza Month Founder Christy Alia
Mar 14 2024
Make Better Pizza at Home with Women's Pizza Month Founder Christy Alia
This week my guest is pizza maker and founder of Women’s Pizza Month Christy Alia. Women's pizza month is an online party taking place the whole month of March on Instagram. Of course, you can follow along by checking out the hashtag #WomensPizzaMonth. Christy wanted to shine a spotlight on many of the women in pizza, so she took to Instagram to start this. Anyone can participate, and she encourages you to do a post, dedicating it to a woman that you’d like to highlight.In addition, she’s partnered with Corto and Stanislaus on the "For the Love of Pizza" kit, which is meant to elevate your at-home pizza-making game. You'll also learn about the 5 scholarships that are available for aspiring home pizza makers to go to Pizza University in Maryland.If you want to learn how to make better pizza at home, we talk about fermentation time, tools for making pizza at home, quality ingredients, different styles of pizza and pizza toppings.CHRISTY ALIA and #WomensPizzaMonthChristy on Instagram @RealCleverFoodApply for the Pizza Scholarship to Pizza UniversityPIZZA-MAKING RESOURCESBuy Corto Olive Oil and listen to the podcast with master miller David Garci-AguirreFor the Love of Pizza KitBaking Steel and podcast with founder Andris Lagsdin What's Good Dough podcastCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and ThreadsThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little BitesSPONSOR INFOHeaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond BourbonI'm excited to introduce you to Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond bourbon. Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond delivers a flavor profile that's unmatched. This bourbon is aged for seven years, three more than required, creating a richer, more sophisticated flavor profile. When you select this premium bottled-in-bond bourbon, Heaven Hill’s commitment to excellence is evident in every sip. Available Nationally, look for a bottle of Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond at your local store.Heaven Hill reminds you to Think Wisely. Drink Wisely. Find out more at Heaven Hill DistillerySupport the Show.
Talking About The Chef Conference with Founder Mike Traud
Mar 7 2024
Talking About The Chef Conference with Founder Mike Traud
This week my guest is Mike Traud, founder of The Chef Conference (formerly The Philly Chef Conference). We talk about the history, and evolution, of this food and beverage conference. You'll hear what you can expect from this year's conference which is taking place in Philadelphia from April 12th through 15th.Some of this year's guest are: Sean Brock, Tom Collichio, Alain Ducasse, Andrew Zimmern, Rob Rubba, and Rosio SanchezMIKE TRAUD and The Chef ConferenceThe Chef Conference on InstagramThe Chef Conference WebsiteGet Tickets to The Chef Conference:Day 1 April 12, 2024: Openings & ExpansionsDay 2 April 13, 2024: A conversation between Chef Alain Ducasse and Jeff GordinierDay 3 April 14, 2024: The Chef Conference Opening Night Event Day 4 April 15, 2024: Keynote & PanelsCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and ThreadsChefs Without Restaurants on TikTokChefs Without Restaurants on YouTubeThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little Bites SPONSOR INFO United States Personal Chef AssociationTo learn more about membership, advertising, or partnership opportunities, call Angela at 800-995-2138 ext. 705 or email aprather@uspca.com.Support the Show.
Perseverance and Adaptation - Christine Van Bloem of The Empty Nest Kitchen
Feb 27 2024
Perseverance and Adaptation - Christine Van Bloem of The Empty Nest Kitchen
This week my guest is chef Christine Van Bloem. For 15 years Christine ran the successful Kitchen Studio Cooking School in Frederick, Maryland, a recreational cooking school. When the Covid pandemic hit, she had to stop doing in-person cooking classes. She pivoted to online cooking classes, hoping to go back to in-person. Then, her husband had a stroke, and she had a heart attack, On top of that, she was unable to agree on the terms of her lease renewal with her landlord, and left her kitchen space.That's enough for most people to throw in the towel. Christine took some time away from the kitchen, but now she's back. On the show, we discuss her new venture The Empty Nest Kitchen. She'll talk about what her cooking class model looks like today. CHRISTINE VAN BLOEMThe Empty Nest Kitchen on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTokThe Empty Nest Kitchen websiteThe Empty Nest Kitchen PodcastCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and ThreadsChefs Without Restaurants on TikTokChefs Without Restaurants on YouTubeThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little Bites SPONSOR INFO United States Personal Chef AssociationTo learn more about membership, advertising, or partnership opportunities, call Angela at 800-995-2138 ext. 705 or email aprather@uspca.com.Support the Show.
Beyond Contracts, Invoices, and Deposits:  Creating  a Less Transactional Experience
Feb 19 2024
Beyond Contracts, Invoices, and Deposits: Creating a Less Transactional Experience
In this week’s solo episode of Chefs Without Restaurants, host Chris Spear delves into the controversial yet effective business practices he's adopted for his personal chef business. Chris reveals how he's successfully run his culinary business without the reliance on contracts, invoices, or deposits, placing a significant emphasis on trust and personal connections over formal paperwork. While his method defies many traditional business norms, especially in the personal chef world, Chris explains how this approach hasn’t hindered his success. In fact, it has opened the door to memorable interactions with clients, making each event more than just a transaction.Addressing the nuances of dealing with corporate clients, Chris also touches upon the scenarios where contracts and invoices become necessary, illustrating flexibility and understanding of different business contexts. Despite introducing deposits as a way to secure event dates recently, he maintains his minimalistic and trust-based approach to business dealings.CHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and ThreadsChefs Without Restaurants on TikTokChefs Without Restaurants on YouTubeThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little Bites SPONSOR INFO United States Personal Chef AssociationTo learn more about membership, advertising, or partnership opportunities, call Angela at 800-995-2138 ext. 705 or email aprather@uspca.com.Support the Show.
Caribbean Flavors, Paleo Remixes  with Althea Brown of Metemgee
Feb 4 2024
Caribbean Flavors, Paleo Remixes with Althea Brown of Metemgee
This week I have Althea Brown. After moving to the United States from Guyana, Althea started a blog called Metemgee where she shares traditional Guyanese recipes. Due to health reasons, Althea now follows a paleo diet. But you don’t have to follow a paleo diet to enjoy her recipes. In fact, Althea shares both traditional recipes, and Paleo remixes on her website, and in her new book Caribbean Paleo. Some topics discussed and key takeaways in this episode:Best practices that Althea swears by, from SEO strategies to engaging content.Althea's approach to taking (and sometimes ignoring) blogging advice to stay true to her vision while navigating the digital space.Althea also shares tips for aspiring food bloggers on how to find their unique voice, create compelling content, and make an impact in the crowded food blogging landscape. ALTHEA BROWN The Metemgee Website Althea Brown on Instagram Metemgee on FacebookBuy Althea's book Caribbean PaleoMetemgee YouTube Channel CHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and Threads Chefs Without Restaurants on TikTok Chefs Without Restaurants on YouTube The Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook Group Chris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little Bites  SPONSOR INFO  United States Personal Chef AssociationTo learn more about membership, advertising, or partnership opportunities, call Angela at 800-995-2138 ext. 705 or email aprather@uspca.com.Support the Show.
Taking a Creative, Culinary Approach to Craft Distilling with Scott Blackwell of High Wire Distilling Co (Part 2)
Jan 27 2024
Taking a Creative, Culinary Approach to Craft Distilling with Scott Blackwell of High Wire Distilling Co (Part 2)
This week I have part 2 of my conversation with Scott Blackwell, owner/distiller of High Wire Distilling Co in Charleston, SC which he runs with his wife Ann Marshall. This part of our conversation starts with how and why he started the distillery. If you're interested in his entrepreneurial journey up to the point of starting the distillery you can find part 1 here.We talk about taking a creative, culinary approach to craft distilling, using premium, specialized ingredients such as Jimmy Red Corn and Bradford watermelons. We also discuss High Wire's recent collaboration with Allan Benton. SCOTT BLACKWELL & HIGH WIRE DISTILLING COThe High Wire WebsiteHigh Wire and Scott Blackwell on InstagramHigh Wire on FacebookThe World’s Biggest CookieCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and ThreadsChefs Without Restaurants on TikTokChefs Without Restaurants on YouTubeThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little Bites SPONSOR INFO United States Personal Chef AssociationThis episode is sponsored by the Unites States Personal Chef Association. Visit their website  and use code "happynewyear24" to save $75 on premier, provisional, preparatory, and corporate memberships, as well as $25 on student memberships. To learn more about membership, advertising, or partnership opportunities, call Angela at 800-995-2138 ext. 705 or email aprather@uspca.com.Support the Show.
Serial Entrepreneurship in the Food and Beverage Industry with Scott Blackwell of High Wire Distilling Co (Part 1)
Jan 19 2024
Serial Entrepreneurship in the Food and Beverage Industry with Scott Blackwell of High Wire Distilling Co (Part 1)
This week I have part 1 of my conversation with Scott Blackwell, owner/distiller of High Wire Distilling Co in Charleston, SC which he runs with his wife Ann Marshall. This part of our conversation focuses on his entreprenurial journey up to the point of starting the distillery. Scott’s been a Ben & Jerrys distributor, owned a coffee roaster and bakery, and started a line of frozen doughs. He also holds the Guiness Book record for the largest cookie. Next week's episode will focus on the distilling aspect, and some of the interesting things he's doing with High Wire, like working with Allan Benton.   SCOTT BLACKWELL & HIGH WIRE DISTILLING CO The High Wire Website High Wire and Scott Blackwell on Instagram High Wire on FacebookThe World’s Biggest CookieCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and Threads Chefs Without Restaurants on TikTok Chefs Without Restaurants on YouTube The Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook Group Chris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little Bites SPONSOR INFO United States Personal Chef Association This episode is sponsored by the Unites States Personal Chef Association. Visit their website  and use code "happynewyear24" to save $75 on premier, provisional, preparatory, and corporate memberships, as well as $25 on student memberships. To learn more about membership, advertising, or partnership opportunities, call Angela at 800-995-2138 ext. 705 or email aprather@uspca.com.Support the Show.
Processed Food, Faux Meat, Culinary Nostalgia, and Reading the Room with Tony Moore of Winning at Work
Jan 8 2024
Processed Food, Faux Meat, Culinary Nostalgia, and Reading the Room with Tony Moore of Winning at Work
This week on Chefs Without Restaurants I'm sharing part two of my conversation with Tony Moore. Tony is a seasoned marketing executive and the host of the "Winning at Work" podcast. I was a guest on his podcast, and this is a portion of that episode.Episode HighlightsUsing a blog as a tool for content marketing to provide people with insights into business and the behind-the-scenes aspects Positioning in the marketSharing personal aspects on the business social media pages The importance of understanding the vibe of the party and the preferences of the guestsNostalgia in foodPlant-based ingredients and faux meatTONY MOOREThe Winning at Work Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere elseTony Moore on LinkedIn and InstagramCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram and ThreadsChefs Without Restaurants on TikTokChefs Without Restaurants on YouTubeThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little BitesSPONSOR INFOUnited States Personal Chef AssociationThis episode is sponsored by the Unites States Personal Chef Association. Visit their website  and use code "happynewyear24" to save $75 on premier, provisional, preparatory, and corporate memberships, as well as $25 on student memberships.To learn more about membership, advertising, or partnership opportunities, call Angela at 800-995-2138 ext. 705 or email aprather@uspca.com.Support the Show.
Exploring Mexico's Rich Flavors with Chef Sarah Thompson of Casa Playa
Dec 21 2023
Exploring Mexico's Rich Flavors with Chef Sarah Thompson of Casa Playa
This week, we're venturing into the vibrant world of Mexican cuisine with executive chef Sarah Thompson of Casa Playa at Wynn Las Vegas. At Casa Playa, she presents a vibrant and creative menu featuring bright, California and Baja produce and seafood, woven together with a robust masa program–drawing upon her culinary expertise refined at New York City’s lauded Cosme. Chef Thompson graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, and amassed experience at some of New York City’s most noteworthy restaurants including Marea and Alder.As a hyper-regional coastal Mexican restaurant, the menu’s emphasis lies in locally selected seafood. Thompson sources nearly all of her fish from the Pacific coast, and similarly, she works with purveyors that source fresh, seasonal produce from 50 of the best farms across southwest Nevada, California, and Arizona–also receiving bi-weekly deliveries from the famed Santa Monica Farmers Market. Corn, chiles, and agave serve as the backbone of the Casa Playa menu and are sourced directly from small producers in Mexico via Masienda. Most notably, Chef Thompson’s masa program is incredibly layered and distinctive with six distinct corn varieties imported from Oaxaca and nixtamalized in house.Topics Discussed:Early Culinary InfluencesTransitioning to New York's Culinary SceneDiversity in Culinary ExperiencesThe Masa Program at Casa PlayaNavigating the Vegas Culinary LandscapeCollaborative vs. Solo WorkEmbracing Diversity in CuisineSARAH THOMPSON Sarah Thompson and Casa Playa -Wynn on Instagram Check out the menus at Casa Playa Podcast episode: How to Make and Use Masa with Masienda Founder Jorge GaviriaCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants Instagram Chefs Without Restaurants on TikTok Chefs Without Restaurants on YouTube The Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook Group Chris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little Bites SPONSOR INFO United States Personal Chef Association This episode is sponsored by the Unites States Personal Chef Association. Visit their website  and use code "Happyholidays2023" to save $100 on membership.To learn more about membership, advertising, or partnership opportunities, call Angela at 800-995-2138 ext. 705 or email aprather@uspca.com.Support the Show.
Behind the Scenes of Pop-Up Dining with Chef Jonathon Merrick of Family Meal Boise
Dec 9 2023
Behind the Scenes of Pop-Up Dining with Chef Jonathon Merrick of Family Meal Boise
In this episode we dive into the world of pop-up dining with Chef Jonathon Merrick of Family Meal Boise, an in-home pop-up restaurant he runs. You get a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and triumphs of running the successful pop-up, and gain insights into menu creation, guest interactions, and the intricacies of hosting unique dining experiences. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the dynamic world of pop-up dining.Key Takeaways:Pop-Up Dining Experiences:Evolution of Jonathon's pop-up dining, 'Family Meal Boise'.Challenges and learnings from hosting pop-ups.The importance of creating a unique dining experience.Transitioning from Professional Kitchens to Distribution:Jonathon's career shift and how he maintains his culinary passion.The role of mentorship in his career.Balancing a full-time distribution job with culinary creativity.Legal and Practical Aspects of Running Pop-Ups:Navigating local regulations and community support for pop-ups.The importance of understanding the legal landscape in different regions.Mentorship in Culinary Arts:Jonathon's experiences with mentorship.The significance of finding and being a mentor in the culinary field.Menu Creation and Storytelling:The process behind Jonathon's diverse menu themes.The role of storytelling in enhancing the dining experience.JONATHON MERRICKJonathon and Family Meal Boise on InstagramChef Merrick on TikTokCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants InstagramChefs Without Restaurants on TikTokChefs Without Restaurants on YouTubeThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little BitesSPONSOR INFOUnited States Personal Chef AssociationThis episode is sponsored by the Unites States Personal Chef Association. Visit their website  and use code "Happyholidays2023" to save $100 on membership.To learn more about membership, advertising, or partnership opportunities, call Angela at 800-995-2138 ext. 705 or email aprather@uspca.com.Support the Show.
Mastering the Grocery Aisle: Tony Moore on Food and Beverage Marketing
Nov 16 2023
Mastering the Grocery Aisle: Tony Moore on Food and Beverage Marketing
This week on Chefs Without Restaurants we're diving into the world of food and beverage marketing with Tony Moore. Tony, a seasoned marketing executive and the host of the "Winning at Work" podcast, brings his extensive experience, sharing invaluable insights into the intricacies of brand marketing in the food industry.Episode HighlightsUnderstanding Grocery Store Product Placement: Tony shares strategies for effective product placement in grocery stores and the role of brand ambassadors.Direct-to-Consumer Marketing Challenges: Insights into the difficulties brands face in direct-to-consumer approaches, including shipping costs.Building Brand Loyalty: Tony discusses the importance of maintaining product quality and consistent branding.Leveraging Influencer Marketing: The rise of food influencers and the potential of affiliate marketing in promoting food products.Adapting to Market Changes: Tony sheds light on navigating the challenges faced by smaller brands in a market dominated by private labels and larger competitors.TONY MOOREThe Winning at Work Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere elseTony Moore on LinkedIn and InstagramCHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTSIf you enjoy the show and would like to support it financially, please check out our Sponsorship page (we get a commission when you use our links).  Get the Chefs Without Restaurants NewsletterChefs Without Restaurants InstagramChefs Without Restaurants on TikTokChefs Without Restaurants on YouTubeThe Chefs Without Restaurants Private Facebook GroupChris Spear's personal chef business Perfect Little BitesSPONSOR INFOUnited States Personal Chef AssociationThis episode is sponsored by the Unites States Personal Chef Association. Visit their website  and use code "EarlyBlackFriday23" to save $100 on premier, provisional, and preparatory memberships.To learn more about membership, advertising, or partnership opportunities, call Angela at 800-995-2138 ext. 705 or email aprather@uspca.com.Support the showSupport the Show.