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Dave Chang has a few questions. Besides being the chef of the Momofuku restaurants and the creator and host of Netflix’s 'Ugly Delicious,' Dave is an avid student and fan of sports, music, art, film, and, of course, food. In ranging conversations that cover everything from the creative process to his guest’s guiltiest pleasures, Dave and a rotating cast of smart, thought-provoking guests talk about their inspirations, failures, successes, fame, and identities.

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    • 4.8, 3.9K Ratings

Dave Chang has a few questions. Besides being the chef of the Momofuku restaurants and the creator and host of Netflix’s 'Ugly Delicious,' Dave is an avid student and fan of sports, music, art, film, and, of course, food. In ranging conversations that cover everything from the creative process to his guest’s guiltiest pleasures, Dave and a rotating cast of smart, thought-provoking guests talk about their inspirations, failures, successes, fame, and identities.

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3.9K Ratings

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blankspace6 ,

Ask Dave

Hey Dave,

Thanks for doing the podcast. Love getting to learn from you and all your guests, especially the post opening episodes and your talks with Josh Skenes.

I just recently helped open a second location of my restaurant out of state. I’m helping out the chefs and working to teach all staff, including the FOH how we like to run things and set standards for everyone to work towards. As someone who operates multiple restaurants and has for many years, what were your challenges when you jumped from having one to two restaurants? Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
-Michael

Skyfather ,

Gripping Podcasts

Roy Shvartzapel’s amazing story shows the Olympian drive, work ethic, and sacrifice needed to master a craft at the highest levels. Too bad Porter’s Five Forces shows that the culinary industry ranks up there in unattractiveness and thus low pay/ROI. But kudos to you and all the chef’s that make it your life’s work nonetheless on one of life’s necessities… food. BTW, what’s the Korean name for the chicken and dumplings dish that Chef Brock mentioned?

N.Geiger ,

Question: Grit Vs Work-Life Balance

Hey Dave

I am a huge admirer and fan of yours. Your podcast has helped me navigate life as a chef over the last year+ and I am so thankful for your bravery and strength in bringing a voice to the realities of our industry.

As a cook I struggle with 2 aspects of many of the discussions you’ve had. In particular Grit and the elusive work-life balance (self care, mental heath etc). I’ve worked in the industry since 16 starting as a dishwasher, and have worked almost every position in a restaurant. I went to culinary school, worked at every level of restaurant from 2 & 3 Michelin Star to huge production at hotels and even Hillstones.

I got to where I am today because of grit and sacrifice. However, now as I start to build a life, recently getting married and hopefully starting a family I struggle to see how I can have grit and work-life balance co-exist, though I know I need both to continue being successful, not get burnt out and maintain a family. They seem to contradict each other.

Your conversations about self-care, work life balance and grit with Sean Brock, Angela Duckworth and of course many others are really inspiring to me but also conflicting. Can you shed some light on how you and others have juggled these things?

Thank you

Nadiv

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