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The Chefs Without Restaurants Podcast – Stories and Advice From Personal Chefs, Food Truck Owners and Hospitality Veterans

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Here's a chef show about food and beverage entrepreneurs and people in the culinary world who took a different route. Chris Spear has been working in the hospitality industry for more than 25 years, mostly outside of traditional restaurant settings. In 2010 he started a personal chef business called Perfect Little Bites. Wanting to help other culinary entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses, he created the Chefs Without Restaurants community. On the podcast of the same name, he has conversations with people in the food and beverage industry who also took the road less traveled. They’re caterers, research chefs, cookbook authors, food truck operators, farmers and all sorts of culinary renegades.

Here's a chef show about food and beverage entrepreneurs and people in the culinary world who took a different route. Chris Spear has been working in the hospitality industry for more than 25 years, mostly outside of traditional restaurant settings. In 2010 he started a personal chef business called Perfect Little Bites. Wanting to help other culinary entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses, he created the Chefs Without Restaurants community. On the podcast of the same name, he has conversations with people in the food and beverage industry who also took the road less traveled. They’re caterers, research chefs, cookbook authors, food truck operators, farmers and all sorts of culinary renegades.

Location:

United States

Description:

Here's a chef show about food and beverage entrepreneurs and people in the culinary world who took a different route. Chris Spear has been working in the hospitality industry for more than 25 years, mostly outside of traditional restaurant settings. In 2010 he started a personal chef business called Perfect Little Bites. Wanting to help other culinary entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses, he created the Chefs Without Restaurants community. On the podcast of the same name, he has conversations with people in the food and beverage industry who also took the road less traveled. They’re caterers, research chefs, cookbook authors, food truck operators, farmers and all sorts of culinary renegades.

Language:

English

Contact:

4843199030


Episodes

Chef Charles Hunter III on Using Social Media and a Blog to Launch His Personal Chef Business

12/29/2020
This week we speak with Charles Hunter III. He’s a personal chef, recipe developer and food blogger based in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s the owner of The Salted Table Company, an in-home catering company that prepares meals for backyard weddings, dinner parties, business dinners and more, in the comfort of your own home. Charles and I have similar backgrounds as it relates to blogging, and the personal chef business, so I really wanted to ask him some questions about how he got started, and...

Duration:00:59:11

Ryan Dumapit - When Passion Doesn't Pay The Bills

12/21/2020
On this weeks show I have Ryan Dumapit. He has a degree in pastry arts, and food service management. But Ryan doesn’t have a singular path in the food industry. In fact, he also went to school for IT, and has worked for a point of sale company, as well as a fitness company. We talk about many of the positions he’s held including being a district manager for a contract food service company, and working logistics for a large grocery chain. He also partnered with a mutual friend of ours on a...

Duration:00:57:27

Chef Alex Smith - In Pursuit of Better BBQ

12/14/2020
On this week's Chefs Without Restaurants podcast, I speak with chef Alex Smith. While Alex has been in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years now, he’s only spent the last 10 years cooking. He started out in the front of the house, but discovered a passion for cooking. He’s been a line cook, kitchen manager, head chef and pitmaster. He’s worked at Fairmont resorts, five diamond restaurants, franchises, recreational cooking schools, and privately owned restaurants. He’s open seven...

Duration:00:53:29

Pastry Chef Monica Glass on Exploring Opportunities Outside of Restaurants

12/7/2020
On this week's Chefs Without Restaurants podcast, I speak with Philadelphia pastry chef Monica Glass. Upon graduating from Penn State, Monica moved to New York City to embark on a career in public relations. But after a brief stint in the corporate world, she realized she felt more at home in front of an oven than behind a desk. Monica set out to improve her culinary skills with an apprenticeship under Deborah Racicot, executive pastry chef at New York City’s Gotham Bar and Grill. After...

Duration:00:36:38

Caterer Sam Hefter Brings the Taco Party to the People

11/30/2020
On this week's Chefs Without Restaurants podcast, I speak with Sam Hefter, the chef and owner of Hefter Catering in Kansas City. Sam's catering business focuses on upscale taco bars. We talk about how he came up with that idea, and why he doesn’t think he’s going to expand beyond tacos. We get into the set up, overhead and profitability of his catering business, and also discuss doing tastings with clients. Sam is very open about how he started, and continues to run his business, and would...

Duration:01:07:21

A Discussion with Chef and Food Writer Amethyst Ganaway

11/23/2020
On this week’s Chefs Without Restaurants podcast I have Amethyst Ganaway. She’s worked in the food business for more than 10 years, in both the front and back of the house. Besides being a chef, she also does food writing. You can find her work on her website Geechie Gordita, as well as in Food & Wine, Plate, Serious Eats, Garden & Gun and Eater. We discuss: · asking "why" in the kitchen · transferable skills and being well-rounded · food writing, and getting paid for your...

Duration:01:09:22

On the Farm - A Discussion with Aliza Eliazarov About Heritage Breed Animals and Their Portraits

11/16/2020
On this week’s Chefs Without Restaurants podcast I have renowned photographer Aliza Eliazarov. On November 17, she has a book coming out called On the Farm: Heritage & Heralded Animal Breeds in Portraits and Stories. The book invites us to take a closer look at the animal breeds taking center stage on sustainable farms and homesteads. It’s equal parts fine art and field guide. Passion for documenting issues surrounding food and farming has driven her work, and led to numerous projects,...

Duration:00:56:15

Vietnamese-American Chef Tu David Phu Talks About His Upbringing, His E-Commerce Food Store, and What Community Means to Him

11/9/2020
On the podcast this week, I have chef Tu David Phu. Tu is a first generation Vietnamese-American, born and raised in Oakland, California. You might know him from season 15 of the Bravo Tv show Top Chef. He’s also a San Francisco Chronicle Rising Star Chef. Tu uses the medium of food as a vessel for meaningful work like cooking with incarcerated men in San Quentin, and being a community ambassador in Oakland, working with Asian Health Services and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. We...

Duration:01:03:42

A Conversation with Pastry Chef Kate Holowchik of Lionheart Confections

11/2/2020
This week I speak with pastry chef, and self-proclaimed culinary renegade Kate Holowchik. After working her way through some of Boston's eclectic kitchens, she's now finding her personal voice with the launch of Lionheart Confections. Her desserts are a mix of the refined, with a touch of nostalgia. We discuss: and so much more =========================== Kate Holowchik and Lionheart Confections =========================== Kate's Instagram...

Duration:01:05:38

Mr. Bake - Talking About Sweets, Cooking on TV and Representation in the Food Media

10/26/2020
This week I speak with Kareem Queeman, better known as Mr. Bake. He’s the owner and operator of Mr. Bake Sweets, a small dessert studio located in Largo, MD. He’s been baking for 20+ years. In the years that Mr. Bake Sweets has operated, he's done a few television appearances on Food Network, Fox, ABC, and Discovery Family. He's also a 2020 Business of Pride honoree by the Washington Business Journal. Mr. Bake prides himself on diversity, inclusivity, community outreach and always making...

Duration:01:04:01

25 Years at Crook's Corner Restaurant - A Conversation with Chef Bill Smith

10/19/2020
On the show this week, I have chef Bill Smith. Bill was the chef at Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for 25 years, before retiring in January 2019. I wanted to talk to Bill about his time working at Crook’s Corner, and what he plans to do now that he’s retired. Bill’s always been an activist. Many of his employees at the restaurant were from Mexico, and have become like family to Bill. He’s been talking about immigration, and trying to find ways to support those former...

Duration:00:42:51

Discussing the State of the Catering and Personal Chef Industries with Chef Brendon Hudson of Liliahna Catering

10/12/2020
On the podcast this week I have chef Brendon Hudson. He’s owner and chef of Liliahna catering company. Brendon was recently voted Best Chef by Baltimore Magazine’s readers poll. We discuss the state of the catering and personal chef business, the rise of the micro-wedding, the Thumbtack platform and more. =========================== Brendon Hudson =========================== Liliahna’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/liliahnaa/ Liliahna’s Facebook Page...

Duration:00:48:49

Chef Kimberly Schaub Discusses Being a Research and Development Chef, and Kitchen Culture

10/5/2020
On the podcast this week I have chef Kimberly Schaub. She’s spent much of her culinary career in the research and development field, working for companies like Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and Bulletproof 360. She also spent some time with the Modernist Cuisine team, and contributed to their book Modernist Cuisine at Home. Currently, she’s doing business development for Griffith Foods. She also has a website, and podcast, called Peas on Moss. We discuss: · Getting into the culinary R&D...

Duration:00:58:48

Charging For Your Services, Content Creation and So Much More - A Discussion with Chef Justin Khanna part 2

9/28/2020
This is part 2 of a discussion I had with chef Justin Khanna. If you haven't listened to part 1 yet, I suggest listening to it first, as this episode jumps right into the middle of our discussion. Justin is the co-founder of Voyager's Table, a bespoke event production company. He’s also the host of The Emulsion podcast, and has a YouTube channel that has more than 20,000 subscribers. Justin spent a number of years working in, and staging in, some of the best restaurants in the world...

Duration:00:54:32

The Transition From Restaurant Cooking to the Personal Chef and Events Business - A Discussion with Chef Justin Khanna part 1

9/21/2020
On the podcast this week I have chef Justin Khanna. He is the co-founder of Voyager's Table, a bespoke event production company. He’s also the host of The Emulsion podcast, and has a YouTube channel that has more than 20,000 subscribers. Justin spent a number of years working in, and staging in, some of the best restaurants in the world including Per Se, Grace, Noma and Frantzen. This is part one of our interview. Part two will be released next. We discuss: · The transition from restaurant...

Duration:01:05:16

Mike Tholis of Rendezvous Farm - Leaving the Chef World for The Farming Life

9/14/2020
On the podcast this week I have Mike Tholis. Mike is the owner of Rendezvous Farm in Frederick, Maryland. Before starting his farm, Mike was a chef for 5 years in Washington D.C. restaurants, and has also worked as a butcher. After the government shutdown a few years ago, he realized how precarious the restaurant industry could be, and started planning his exit strategy. We discuss leaving the restaurant business, his innovative CSA model, pros and cons of farmers markets, and why he's...

Duration:00:47:55

Matthew Jennings - Getting Healthy, Moving to Vermont and His New Job and Business Ventures

9/8/2020
On today’s show I have Matthew Jennings. He is a chef/consultant, and VP of Culinary at Healthy Living Market & Café in Vermont. He is also the founder of Full Heart Hospitality which he runs with Jason Rose. Previously, Matt was the chef and owner of Farmstead restaurant and cheese shop in Providence, before moving to Boston, and opening Townsman restaurant. He’s the author of the 2017 cookbook Homegrown, and has been nominated for a number of James Beard awards. Our conversation revolves...

Duration:00:49:29

Jensen Cummings of Best Served - Celebrating the Unsung Hospitality Heroes, Investing in Your Staff, and the Future of the Hospitality Industry

8/31/2020
On the podcast this week I have chef Jensen Cummings, the creator and host of Best Served Podcast. On his show he talks to hospitality industry leaders to learn about the trials and triumphs of their lives and careers. A fifth-generation chef/restaurateur, Jensen has run acclaimed kitchens, owned restaurants, developed concepts and now is focused on evolving the restaurant business model, and storytelling through his hospitality strategy brand, Best Served Creative. Jensen is really...

Duration:00:47:51

Chef Jamie Simpson of The Chef's Garden and The Culinary Vegetable Institute - Adapting the Business, and Selling to the Home Consumer

8/24/2020
On this week’s podcast we have chef Jamie Simpson. He is the chef liason at The Chef’s Garden, and the executive chef of the culinary vegetable institute. The Chef’s Garden has been delivering amazing produce and specialty products direct from the farm to chefs and restaurants for over 30 years. As many businesses have had to pivot due to Covid, The Chef’s Garden has also made some changes. While still offering their products to chefs, they now also offer home delivery boxes direct to the...

Duration:00:40:45

Line Cook Thoughts with Ray Delucci and Chris Spear - Starting a Personal Chef Business, Building a Community and Food Industry Issues

8/17/2020
On this episode, Chefs Without Restaurants founder Chris Spear speaks with Ray Delucci of the Line Cook Thoughts podcast. The episode originally aired on January 12, 2020. The discussion revolves around starting a personal chef business, building a community, podcasting and various food industry issues. Chris shared advice for all the line cooks, and aspiring food entrepreneurs out there. If you haven't checked out Line Cook Thoughts, go do so. =========================== Line Cook...

Duration:00:53:17