153 episodes

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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    • 4.9 • 62 Ratings

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 Teachers - What is a Chef with Eli Kulp

    Chefs as Teachers - What is a Chef with Eli Kulp

    This week's "What is a Chef" episode is with Eli Kulp. He's the co-founder and culinary director of High Street Hospitality Group, as well as the host of both The Chef Radio Podcast and Delicious City Podcast

    He has been a finalist for JBF Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, Best New Chef- Food & Wine Magazine, Chef of the Year- Eater and Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Stay tuned for my full episode with him which will be released soon.

    ELI KULP
    Eli's Instagram
    Chef Radio Podcast
    Delicious City Podcast


    CHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTS
    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)
    Private Facebook group
    Chefs Without Restaurants Instagram
    Founder Chris Spear’s personal chef business Perfect Little Bites

    Sponsor- The United States Personal Chef Association
    Covid has redefined the world of dining. While the pandemic certainly upended the restaurant experience, the personal chef industry experienced record growth.
    The United States Personal Chef Association represents nearly 1,000 chefs around the US and Canada (and even Italy); USPCA provides a strategic backbone that includes liability insurance, training, communications, certification, and more. It’s a reassurance to consumers that the chef coming into their home is prepared to offer them an experience with their meal. 

    Now, join with our Inflation Fighter Special, and save $75 on Premier, Provisional and Preparatory memberships.  You can join today at www.uspca.org and use the code: Inflationfighter22.  Questions call Angela at 800-995-2138 ext 705 or email aprather@uspca.org. Payment plans are available.

    • 7 min
    Do One Thing Really Well - Talking Breakfast Tacos with Liz Solomon Dwyer of King David Tacos

    Do One Thing Really Well - Talking Breakfast Tacos with Liz Solomon Dwyer of King David Tacos

    This week I’m talking breakfast tacos with Liz Solomon Dwyer, founder of King David Tacos. An Austin native, Liz brought her love of the breakfast taco to NYC. What started as a drop-off catering business, then grew from two breakfast taco carts to over 50 locations across NYC. Her tacos can now be found at retail partners like Whole Foods and Stumptown, as well as their brick-and-mortar location. 
    We talk about what makes a good breakfast taco, the challenges of hot-holding eggs, and working with retail partners. We discuss building and growing her business, scaling from two carts to over 50 locations in just a handful of years? 
    We also talk about sticking to a vision. Liz has really stuck to her guns when it comes to only making breakfast tacos, and also not doing any made-to-order food. She’s firmly dedicated to making the best breakfast taco and sticking with just that.

    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. 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, 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. 
    Sponsor- Vosteed Knives
    Are you looking for top quality kitchen knives? With over two decades of experience, Vosteed knives are durable, well-balanced and comfortable to use. You’ll find that these knives have a razor sharp edge, robust and strong full-tang construction, and perfectly engineered ergonomics. These high carbon steel blades will definitely get the job done in the kitchen.  
    Right now, you can use discount code VOSTEED15 to get 15% off your order. Go to the Vosteed store on Amazon to order yours now. Check out the Vosteed website, Instagram page and Facebook group.


    LIZ SOLOMON DWYER
     King David Tacos Instagram
    King David Tacos Website


    CHEFS WITHOUT RESTAURANTS
    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)
    Private Facebook group
    Chefs Without Restaurants Instagram
    Founder Chris Spear’s personal chef business Perfect Little Bites

    • 43 min
    Mentorship, Growing Your Employees, and Letting Them Leave

    Mentorship, Growing Your Employees, and Letting Them Leave

    This week is a solo episode. The topic was prompted by Ray Delucci of Line Cook Thoughts who posed the question "How do you motivate your staff in the food industry?" My reply was "Find out what their goals are, and where they see their path going. Then, try to help them get to that place, even if it means that they’ll leave you and go elsewhere eventually. Too many bosses try to hold their employees back."

    But I wanted to dig deeper, so here's a little more. I talk about mentorship, knowing what your employees are looking for, and where the responsibility lies. I would love for you to weigh in. DM me on Instagram or drop a comment when I post the episode there.

    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. 
    Sponsor- Vosteed Knives
    Are you looking for top quality kitchen knives for dad this Father’s Day? Well, look no further than Vosteed. With over two decades of experience, Vosteed knives are durable, well-balanced and comfortable to use. You’ll find that these knives have a razor sharp edge, robust and strong full-tang construction, and perfectly engineered ergonomics. These high carbon steel blades will definitely get the job done in the kitchen.  
    Right now, you can use discount code VOSTEED15 to get 15% off your order. Go to the Vosteed store on Amazon to order yours now. Check out the Vosteed website, Instagram page and Facebook group.


    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 Bite 

    • 6 min
    Getting Fired, Dealing with Anxiety, and Silver Linings

    Getting Fired, Dealing with Anxiety, and Silver Linings

    This week is a solo episode. I discuss the time I was fired from a job and the subsequent anxiety that I experienced due to that. It took a long time before I came to terms with the whole experience. But there was also a silver lining... It ultimately led to me starting my own personal chef business, and this community. If you've been fired, or if you're a hiring manager, I'd love for you to listen to this episode. If you have feedback, you can get in touch by contacting me on one of the platforms listed below.

    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. 
    Sponsor- Vosteed Knives
    Are you looking for top quality kitchen knives for dad this Father’s Day? Well, look no further than Vosteed. With over two decades of experience, Vosteed knives are durable, well-balanced and comfortable to use. You’ll find that these knives have a razor sharp edge, robust and strong full-tang construction, and perfectly engineered ergonomics. These high carbon steel blades will definitely get the job done in the kitchen.  
    Right now, you can use discount code VOSTEED15 to get 15% off your order. Go to the Vosteed store on Amazon to order yours now. Check out the Vosteed website, Instagram page and Facebook group.

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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

    • 10 min
    On Not Identifying as a Chef - What is a Chef with Sara Hauman

    On Not Identifying as a Chef - What is a Chef with Sara Hauman

    This week's "What is a Chef" mini-episode is with Sara Hauman, You might know her as the yogurt queen from season 18 of Bravo's Top Chef, or the owner of The Tiny Fish Co. You can find last week's full episode with her here.

    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. 
    Sponsor- Vosteed Knives
    Are you looking for top quality kitchen knives for dad this Father’s Day? Well, look no further than Vosteed. With over two decades of experience, Vosteed knives are durable, well-balanced and comfortable to use. You’ll find that these knives have a razor sharp edge, robust and strong full-tang construction, and perfectly engineered ergonomics. These high carbon steel blades will definitely get the job done in the kitchen.  
    Right now, you can use discount code VOSTEED15 to get 15% off your order. Go to the Vosteed store on Amazon to order yours now. Check out the Vosteed website, Instagram page and Facebook group.
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    Sara Hauman
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     Sara's Instagram
    Sara's Website

    The Tiny Fish Co Instagram
    The Tiny Fish Co Website
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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

    • 13 min
    Talking Top Chef and Tiny Fish with Sara Hauman

    Talking Top Chef and Tiny Fish with Sara Hauman

    This week I have Sara Hauman, You might know her as the yogurt queen from season 18 of Bravo's Top Chef, or from her highly entertaining Instagram cooking videos where she's making some delicious-looking food.

    After high school, Sara moved to the south of Spain. Upon returning to the US, she decided to go to culinary school, (which she doesn’t recommend).  She spent the next few years working in restaurants including Brandon Jew’s Bar Agricole. With some experience under her belt, Sara returned to Spain to work at the famed Asador Etxebarri. 

    On the show, we discuss her love of food growing up, moving to Spain after high school, and going to culinary school. We dig in and discuss culinary school, and why she doesn't recommend it, and she shares her experience working at one of the world's best restaurants in Spain. 

    We talk about Top Chef, including the application process for her, her experience on the show, and how her confidence grew as she went further in the competition. And now Sara has started a tinned fish company called The Tiny Fish Co, where she's selling Tinned Sea Treats from the Pacific Northwest.

    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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    Sara Hauman
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    Sara's Instagram
    Sara's Website

    The Tiny Fish Co Instagram
    The Tiny Fish Co Website
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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

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 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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