Chefs Without Restaurants

Chefs Without Restaurants

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.

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July 27, 2021 56 min

This week my guest is Bill Corbett. Many people know him from his years working as a pastry chef with people like Sam Mason, Wylie Dufresne, Lincoln Carson, Michael Mina, and Daniel Patterson. But he left the world of pastry behind and is currently the executive chef and head of culinary at Salesforce. Bill has been recognized as the Best Pastry Chef 2011 from San Francisco Magazine, and in 2013 he was selected as one of the Top 10...

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This week's guest is Somdip Dey. He’s an embedded artificial intelligence scientist and engineer, turned entrepreneur, fighting a war against food waste. He’s the CEO of Nosh Technologies which provides mobile solutions to optimize consumers' food consumption, and reduces food waste in their households.  He’s also a TEDx speaker.

We talk about food waste and some of the technologies helping to combat it. Somdip’s parents we ...

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For Episode 100 of the podcast, my guest is Dan Ahdoot. He’s a standup comic, actor, writer, producer, and podcast host. He’s a national headliner who’s a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, and is currently acting on Netflix’s Cobra Kai. He's garnered fans as a character actor on the shows Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, Shameless, Workaholics, and Disney Channel’s Kickin’ It. 

On his podcast Green Eggs and Dan, he takes a new loo...

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This week my guest is Jonathan Bardzik. He’s a storyteller, cook, and author. He’s a performer, speaking and cooking for private and corporate audiences, creating customized experiences that build connection. He’s appeared with more than 900 audiences, been on the TedX stage, written 4 books, and his new television series, Jonathan's Kitchen: Seasons to Taste recently debuted on Revry. His work has been covered by USAToday, The...

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This week I speak with Earl Arnette III. He is the chef and owner of Steez Catering, a personal chef and catering business based out of Baltimore, Maryland.  This is one of our “Meet a Member” episodes. You’ll learn about his business, and we discuss topics like going to culinary school, what he wished he knew before starting a business, and mentors.

This week’s show sponsor is Olive & Basket. For a wide variety of olive oils, ...

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This week, I have part two of my conversation with Daniel Gritzer, Culinary Director at SeriousEats.com.  I’ve been a big fan of both Serious Eats and The Food Lab for a while, and was really excited to talk to Daniel about his work there. We had a long discussion, so I broke our conversation into two parts. Part one aired last week, and it’s linked here (https://www.podpage.com/chefs-without-restaurants/a-conversation-with-daniel-...

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On this week's podcast, I have part one of my conversation with Daniel Gritzer, Culinary Director at SeriousEats.com.  I’ve big a big fan of Serious Eats and The Food Lab for a while, and love the work that Daniel, Kenji, Stella Parks, and crew have been doing there. This episode went long. Daniel and I spoke for 3 hours on a Sunday night, and I have about 2 hours of finished audio. I was trying to decide how much to leave in. ...

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Jillian Fae believes her passion for cooking stems from the fact that she was born and raised in Southern California. The best climate conditions for growing the finest produce all year round and the diverse mix of cuisines have always been an inspiration to her. Her love for and ability to make people happy by way of good food began at an early age and still grows today.

She pursued her passion and further sharpened her skills by e...

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On this week's podcast, I have Eman Pahlavani. He’s the founder and COO of HUNGRY, a digital platform that connects businesses with catering services provided by local chefs. The platform’s notable investors include Jay-Z, Kevin Hart, and a number of NFL stars. This past year they had to pivot, and began offering chef-made meals direct to consumers at their homes, as well as adding a virtual chef experience.

Over the past few ye...

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On this week’s podcast, I have chef Thomas O’Gara. With more than 25 years of food and beverage experience, he’s spent most of his professional career working for Marriott. Last year Thomas started a new adventure as the vice president of culinary for Tessemae’s, an all-natural dressing and condiment producer based outside of Baltimore, Maryland.

On the show we discuss his experience with Marriott, implementing culinary programs acr...

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On this week’s podcast, I have Mike Lang. Mike is not a chef, but he started a food blog called Another Pint Please. And while the name sounds like it would be focused on beer, it’s primarily focused on grilling. An amateur photographer, Mike started shooting the food he was cooking on his Weber Grill. His photos caught the attention of Weber’s marketing team, and this eventually led to Mike doing photography for Weber. Besides the...

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On this week's podcast, we have Matt Collins. Born in Freehold, NJ, Matt has been cooking since he was a child. As a student of the culinary arts program at Freehold High School, he excelled and ran the cafe at 16 years old. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, he took his career to NYC, becoming a sous chef at 21 years old, working for The Smith, Keens Steakhouse, Rouge Tomate, Wolfgang Puck, Freemans, Drea...

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Matt Levere has been a butcher since 2009, after completing an apprenticeship at the University of Arizona Meat Science and Agricultural Lab in Tucson, Arizona. He spent 40 hours per week for six months learning not only how to slaughter animals humanely, but also how to utilize the whole carcass. ​Since then he’s worked in Arizona, Wyoming, Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Massachusetts, England, and Italy, learning from the bes...

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Sarah Conezio & Isaiah Billington are the founders of Keepwell Vinegar & White Rose Miso. Their companies use fermentation to support the entire picture of local agriculture: fruits, vegetables, grains, seasonal summer gluts and lean winter storage crops. Because they're former pastry chefs, they wanted pantry items that were as local and sustainable as the fresh ingredients they work with every day. Today, Keepwell Vin...

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Do you want to learn about eating insects? On this week’s Chefs Without Restaurants Podcast we have Joseph Yoon. He’s the executive director of Brooklyn Bugs, as well as the chef/owner of Yummy Eats and Dinner Echo. Joseph views his participation in this global food movement as an extension of his commitment to his community, and volunteers his time and resources with both Brooklyn Bugs and Yummy Eats.

Brooklyn Bugs is an advocate f...

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This week on the Chefs Without Restaurants Podcast, we have Vaughn Tan. Vaughn is a strategy consultant, professor at University College London, and author of The Uncertainty Mindset: Innovation Insights from the Frontiers of Food. He specializes in designing organizations that are innovative and adaptable, and which thrive in uncertainty. He's spent over a decade working with the food and beverage industry and is on the board ...

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This week on the Chefs Without Restaurants Podcast, we have chef Jeremy Umansky of Larder delicatessen and bakery in Cleveland, Ohio, and Rich Shih, the man behind the website and social media accounts OurCookQuest. If you’ve wanted to learn about koji and miso, this is the episode for you. Together, they’re the co authors of the book Koji Alchemy, which came out last year.

Rich and I  have been talking all things food and cooking f...

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On this week’s podcast, I speak with Laurie Boucher. Laurie is a self-described attorney turned pasta-preneur, and is the woman behind the Instagram account @BaltimoreHomeCook. We discuss how she got into pasta-making, and her pasta-related activities which include selling pasta boards and hard to find Sardinian pasta cutters, as well as the pasta-shaped jewelry and ornaments that she makes. She also does pasta-making classes. ...

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On this week’s show, I speak with Jennifer Zavala. Jennifer is a chef in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is currently doing a pop-up called Juana Tamale out of Underground Arts. We talk about a wide range of topics including her “illegal” tamale business, birria tacos, influencers and bloggers  vs reviewers, cooking with cannabis, getting death threats for making vegan meatballs, her time on Top Chef, and so much more.

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On this week’s show, I speak with Masako Morishita. Originally from Kobe, Japan, Masako’s family has owned and operated a bar and restaurant there for 90 years, and food has always been a part of her life, though she never worked as a cook. Growing up, she was interested in dancing and cheerleading, and in 2013 she moved to Washington D.C. to be a NFL cheerleader for the Washington Football Team (formerly, the Redskins), and was ev...

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