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Here's a podcast 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, personal chefs, cookbook authors, food truck operators, farmers, and all sorts of culinary renegades.

Chefs Without Restaurants Chris Spear

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Here's a podcast 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, personal chefs, cookbook authors, food truck operators, farmers, and all sorts of culinary renegades.

    Chefs as Stewards of the Environment - What is a Chef with Brady Lowe

    Chefs as Stewards of the Environment - What is a Chef with Brady Lowe

    This week we have a mini-episode with Taste Network's Brady Lowe. If you haven't heard our full episode with him, you can check it out here. During our conversation, I asked him what it means to be a chef. In this quick episode, you'll hear what Brady has to say.

    Sponsor- The United States Personal Chef Association
    While the pandemic certainly upended the restaurant experience, it provided an avenue for personal chefs to close that dining gap.  Central to all of that is the United States Personal Chef Association. Representing nearly 1,000 chefs around the US and Canada, USPCA provides a strategic backbone for those chefs that includes liability insurance, training, communications, certification, and more. 
    One of the upcoming events for USPCA is their annual conference scheduled for July 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, FL. Featuring speakers and classes, the conference allows chefs to hone their skills and network with like-minded business people, and is open to all chefs in the industry.
    For those who supply the industry, it’s a chance to reach decision-makers and the buyers of products. Chefs Without Restaurants listeners can use promo code CWR50 to save $50 on registration. Please contact Angela at aprather@uspca.com for information on becoming a member, attending the conferences, or exhibiting. 

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    Brady Lowe and Taste Network
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    Taste Network
    Brady's Instagram
    DrinkRealSpain.com
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    If you enjoy the show, and would like to support it financially, check out our Patreon, or you can donate through Venmo or Buy Me a Coffee. 
    Get the Chefs Without Restaurants Newsletter
    Visit Our Amazon Store (we get paid when you buy stuff)
    Chefs Without Restaurants Facebook page
    Chefs Without Restaurants private Facebook group
    Chefs Without Restaurants Instagram
    Founder Chris Spear’s personal chef business Perfect Little Bites

    • 6 min
    The Seafood Episode with Sena Wheeler of Sena Sea- Fresh vs Frozen, Wild vs Farmed and How to Buy and Prepare Fish

    The Seafood Episode with Sena Wheeler of Sena Sea- Fresh vs Frozen, Wild vs Farmed and How to Buy and Prepare Fish

    This week my guest is Sena Wheeler of Sena Sea. Sena’s part of at least a third-generation fishing family. With her husband Rich, they’re bringing premium quality seafood directly to their customers. Sena has a master’s degree in nutrition and food science with a specialty in quantifying omega 3's in fish, and determining preferred handling practices for premium quality. Rich does most of the fishing for Sena Sea, but they also source from fellow fishermen who share their high-quality standards, and commitment to sustainability. Sena Sea are not only fishermen, they also run a small, fisherman-owned custom processing facility in Cordova, AK where they specialize in premium quality and traceability. 
    On the show, it’s all about seafood. We talk fresh vs frozen, and wild vs farmed. Sena explains the best way to properly thaw fish, and we discuss brining. You’ll pick up some cooking tips, and learn about all the different types of salmon. Anyone down for some chum? 

    And right now, they’re getting ready for fresh Copper River King and Sockeye salmon. This only comes once a year. When we were recording, I wasn’t sure this episode would be released in time, but if you hurry, you might still be able to get your pre-order in. Please check out the show notes for all of their info, especially how to order their fish and get it shipped directly to your door. For all you personal chefs who shop retail, this is a great way to get your hands on some premium seafood.

    Sponsor- The United States Personal Chef Association
    While the pandemic certainly upended the restaurant experience, it provided an avenue for personal chefs to close that dining gap.  Central to all of that is the United States Personal Chef Association. Representing nearly 1,000 chefs around the US and Canada, USPCA provides a strategic backbone for those chefs that includes liability insurance, training, communications, certification, and more. 
    One of the upcoming events for USPCA is their annual conference scheduled for July 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, FL. Featuring speakers and classes, the conference allows chefs to hone their skills and network with like-minded business people, and is open to all chefs in the industry.
    For those who supply the industry, it’s a chance to reach decision-makers and the buyers of products. Chefs Without Restaurants listeners can use promo code CWR50 to save $50 on registration. Please contact Angela at aprather@uspca.com for information on becoming a member, attending the conferences, or exhibiting. 

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    Sena Sea Website
    Sena Sea Instagram
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    If you  would like to support the show financially, check out our Patreon, or you can donate through Venmo or Buy Me a Coffee. 
    Get the Chefs Without Restaurants Newsletter
    Visit Our Amazon Store (we get paid when you buy stuff)
    Chefs Without Restaurants private Facebook group
    Chefs Without Restaurants Instagram
    Founder Chris Spear’s personal chef business Perfect Little Bites

    • 54 min
    The Cajun Vegan Krimsey Lilleth on Closing Her Restaurant, Writing a Cookbook, and Quitting Social Media

    The Cajun Vegan Krimsey Lilleth on Closing Her Restaurant, Writing a Cookbook, and Quitting Social Media

    This week I have Krimsey Lilleth. She’s the author of The Cajun Vegan Cookbook, and was the owner of Krimsey‘s Cajun kitchen, the world's first vegan Cajun restaurant. Due to Covid, Krimsey made the tough decision to close her North Hollywood restaurant in Spring 2020. She knew she wanted to share her recipes with her fans so they could re-create their favorite dishes at home, which is what inspired her to write her first cookbook.
    On the show, we talk about opening a restaurant, and then the decision to close it. We also discussed the process of writing a cookbook, But the main thing I wanted to talk about was Krimsey‘s decision to leave social media. Today it seems like you have to have a strong social media presence if you want to have your business succeed. But it’s definitely a double-edged sword. How much of your time is being taken up by it? Does it really matter at the end of the day? How had her life changed since making the decision to delete all of her social accounts? I’d love to hear what you think. Are we all just caught up in the hamster wheel, and it’s a huge waste of our time?

    Sponsor- The United States Personal Chef Association
    The Covid pandemic has clearly redefined the world of dining. Despite over 110,000 restaurants closing around the country, people still want the ambiance and social connectivity that is so critical to the dining experience. Over the past 27 years, the world of the personal chef has grown in importance to fulfill those dining needs. While the pandemic certainly upended the restaurant experience, it provided an Avenue for personal chefs to close that dining gap. 
    Central to all of that is the United States Personal Chef Association. Representing nearly 1,000 chefs around the US and Canada, USPCA provides a strategic backbone for those chefs that includes liability insurance, training, communications, certification, and more. 
    One of the big upcoming events for USPCA is their annual conference scheduled July 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, FL. Featuring a host of speakers and classes, the conference is a way for chefs to hone their skills and network with like-minded businesspeople. For those who supply the industry, it’s a chance to reach not just decision-makers but the actual buyers of products. 
    Contact Angela Prather at aprather@uspca.com
    1-800-995-2138 extension 705
    https://www.uspca.com/
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    Krimsey Lilleth
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    Krimsey's Website
    Buy The Cajun Vegan Cookbook
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    If you enjoy the show, and would like to support it financially, check out our Patreon, or you can donate through Venmo or Buy Me a Coffee. 
    Get the Chefs Without Restaurants Newsletter
    Visit Our Amazon Store (we get paid when you buy stuff)
    Chefs Without Restaurants Facebook page
    Chefs Without Restaurants private Facebook group
    Chefs Without Restaurants Instagram
    Founder Chris Spear’s personal chef business Perfect Little Bites

    • 51 min
    Taste Network's Brady Lowe - The Future of Food Events, and the Rise and Fall of Cochon 555

    Taste Network's Brady Lowe - The Future of Food Events, and the Rise and Fall of Cochon 555

    Today I have Brady Lowe, founder of Taste Network. Started in 2002, he’s currently on a mission to disrupt, and rethink the typical food marketing strategies, forge new online possibilities, and partner with and help promote sustainable, ethical, and delicious food and drinks from around the world. 
    You might know Brady from the Cochon 555 events that he put on. But you might not know that he separated from the Cochon 555 brand a couple of years ago, which was one of the things I wanted to talk to him about. Building something that you love, and then letting it go, possibly seeing it go down in flames along the way. But Brady is still going strong with other aspects of Taste Network. 

    We talk about the future of the food events industry, and discuss supply chain issues, especially as it related to farms in the early days of Covid. And a few years ago Brady came under fire for posting a racially insensitive photo from one of his events on Cochon’s Instagram page. There was a considerable fallout the days surrounding it, and I wanted to give Brady a couple of minutes to speak on that.

    Sponsor- The United States Personal Chef Association
    The Covid pandemic has clearly redefined the world of dining. Despite over 110,000 restaurants closing around the country, people still want the ambiance and social connectivity that is so critical to the dining experience. Over the past 27 years, the world of the personal chef has grown in importance to fulfill those dining needs. While the pandemic certainly upended the restaurant experience, it provided an Avenue for personal chefs to close that dining gap. 
    Central to all of that is the United States Personal Chef Association. Representing nearly 1,000 chefs around the US and Canada, USPCA provides a strategic backbone for those chefs that includes liability insurance, training, communications, certification, and more. 
    One of the big upcoming events for USPCA is their annual conference scheduled July 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, FL. Featuring a host of speakers and classes, the conference is a way for chefs to hone their skills and network with like-minded businesspeople. For those who supply the industry, it’s a chance to reach not just decision-makers but the actual buyers of products. 
    Contact Angela Prather at aprather@uspca.com
    1-800-995-2138 extension 705
    https://www.uspca.com/
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    Taste Network
    Brady's Instagram
    DrinkRealSpain.com
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    CHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTS
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    If you enjoy the show, and would like to support it financially, check out our Patreon, or you can donate through Venmo or Buy Me a Coffee. 
    Get the Chefs Without Restaurants Newsletter
    Visit Our Amazon Store (we get paid when you buy stuff)
    Chefs Without Restaurants Facebook page
    Chefs Without Restaurants private Facebook group
    Chefs Without Restaurants Instagram
    Founder Chris Spear’s personal chef business Perfect Little Bites

    • 52 min
    What is a Chef with Andris Lagsdin of Baking Steel

    What is a Chef with Andris Lagsdin of Baking Steel

    This week, we have a mini-episode about what it means to be a chef. Today's answer comes from Andris Lagsdin of Baking Steel. You can hear my full episode with him here, and another mini-episode where we talk about health and wellness here.

    I'm currently out of town on vacation and have been having some technical difficulties. So, today's episode jumps right in without any real intro.

    Sponsor- The United States Personal Chef Association
    The Covid pandemic has clearly redefined the world of dining. Despite over 110,000 restaurants closing around the country, people still want the ambiance and social connectivity that is so critical to the dining experience. Over the past 27 years, the world of the personal chef has grown in importance to fulfill those dining needs. While the pandemic certainly upended the restaurant experience, it provided an Avenue for personal chefs to close that dining gap. 
    Central to all of that is the United States Personal Chef Association. Representing nearly 1,000 chefs around the US and Canada, USPCA provides a strategic backbone for those chefs that includes liability insurance, training, communications, certification, and more. 
    One of the big upcoming events for USPCA is their annual conference scheduled July 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, FL. Featuring a host of speakers and classes, the conference is a way for chefs to hone their skills and network with like-minded businesspeople. For those who supply the industry, it’s a chance to reach not just decision-makers but the actual buyers of products. 
    Contact Angela Prather at aprather@uspca.com
    1-800-995-2138 extension 705
    https://www.uspca.com/
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    Baking Steel’s Instagram
    Baking Steel’s Website
    Baking Steel’s Facebook
    Baking Steel’s YouTube
    Buy Andris’s book “Baking With Steel”

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    If you enjoy the show, and would like to support it financially, check out our Patreon, or you can donate through Venmo or Buy Me a Coffee. 

      Get the Chefs Without Restaurants Newsletter
    Visit Our Amazon Store (we get paid when you buy stuff)
    Chefs Without Restaurants Facebook page
    Chefs Without Restaurants private Facebook group
    Chefs Without Restaurants Instagram
    Founder Chris Spear’s personal chef business Perfect Little Bites

    • 5 min
    Free Food and Failure

    Free Food and Failure

    This week, I talk about free food and failure. More specifically, I discuss why giving away free food, and doing events for free didn't work out for me. I'm not saying that there might not be a place for it. But before you do an event, I think you need to make sure it's a good fit. Does it make sense to give out free cupcakes and the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new car dealership? There are a lot of people looking to trade your services for "exposure", but does it actually ever help move the needle from a business standpoint? What do you think? Let me know.

    Sponsor- The United States Personal Chef Association
    The Covid pandemic has clearly redefined the world of dining. Despite over 110,000 restaurants closing around the country, people still want the ambiance and social connectivity that is so critical to the dining experience. Over the past 27 years, the world of the personal chef has grown in importance to fulfill those dining needs. While the pandemic certainly upended the restaurant experience, it provided an Avenue for personal chefs to close that dining gap. 
    Central to all of that is the United States Personal Chef Association. Representing nearly 1,000 chefs around the US and Canada, USPCA provides a strategic backbone for those chefs that includes liability insurance, training, communications, certification, and more. 
    One of the big upcoming events for USPCA is their annual conference scheduled July 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, FL. Featuring a host of speakers and classes, the conference is a way for chefs to hone their skills and network with like-minded businesspeople. For those who supply the industry, it’s a chance to reach not just decision-makers but the actual buyers of products. 
    Contact Angela Prather at aprather@uspca.com
    1-800-995-2138 extension 705
    https://www.uspca.com/

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    If you enjoy the show, and would like to support it financially, check out our Patreon, or you can donate through Venmo or Buy Me a Coffee. 

      Get the Chefs Without Restaurants Newsletter
    Visit Our Amazon Store (we get paid when you buy stuff)
    Chefs Without Restaurants Facebook page
    Chefs Without Restaurants private Facebook group
    Chefs Without Restaurants Instagram
    Founder Chris Spear’s personal chef business Perfect Little Bites

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

George M C. ,

Great Resource for ALL Chefs

I am so glad Chris created a community for Chef that don’t work in the traditional restaurant jobs. I wish I had a resource like this 20 years ago when I was a young chef looking for other venues to cook in.
Not only are there great interviews and conversations with Non restaurant Chefs but there are great interviews for All chef and food enthusiasts.

chefellyv ,

Great advice for chefs

This podcast is well produced and gives great advice to chefs and cooks. The guests are knowledgeable and mostly relatable. I’ve enjoyed listening and learning.

Cooks Best Friend ,

Great podcast

Thank you Chris for this podcast. So many inspiring interviews! Keep it up!

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