Shari Bayer of Bayer Public Relations explores behind-the-scenes talent within the hospitality industry. Experienced restaurant and hospitality professionals reveal their stories and expertise through a lively and reflective conversation about the industry. Shari also adds speed round games, solo dining stories, PR tips, and current event discussions into the mix, rounding out each episode with a question from the current guest to the next, tying the entire series together.
On today's episode of All in the Industry®, Shari Bayer's guest is David Burke, one of the best known and most respected chefs in modern American cuisine, who is fueled by passion, grit and a knack for artful innovation. Acknowledged as a leading pioneer in American cooking, Burke, a proud New Jerseyan who was born in Brooklyn, is recognized internationally for his revolutionary techniques, exceptional skills, successful restaurant empire and many TV appearances. In the parlance of today’s celebrity driven culture, he is a rock star of the culinary world. Today's show also includes Shari's PR tip to have grit; Speed Round; Industry News Discussion about Bobby Flay parting ways with the Food Network after 27 years; and Solo Dining experience at Ci Siamo in Manhattan West Plaza -- the newest restaurant from Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group.
Bret Csencsitz, Gotham
On today's episode of All in the Industry®, Shari Bayer's guest is Bret Csencsitz, Owner of Gotham, where he has been the managing partner for the past ten years, ensuring that the restaurant, formerly known as Gotham Bar & Grill, lives up to its legacy while continuing to push boundaries as a leader in the New York dining scene. During his time at the helm, Bret has also helped develop the Gotham Chocolates program, as well as a collection of fine culinary products under the label, Gotham Selections. In addition, he has demonstrated his commitment to New York and the food movement through his ongoing work with GrowNYC. Today's show also includes Shari's PR tip to restore; Speed Round; Industry News Discussion; and Solo Dining experience at Ignacios Mattos' Lodi in Rockefeller Center, NYC.
Sheldon Simeon, Tinroof, Maui
On today's episode of All in the Industry®, Shari Bayer's guest is Sheldon Simeon, chef/owner of Tin Roof, a new generation mom & pop restaurant in Maui, Hawaii. Sheldon, who was born in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii, worked in various restaurants on Maui and acquired his love for cooking from his family’s love of cooking and entertaining. He attended Maui Culinary Academy and worked in various restaurants on Maui before competing on Seasons 10 and 14 of Bravo’s hit competition cooking show “Top Chef,” winning Fan Favorite both times. In 2016, he opened his first solo restaurant, Tin Roof, serving up local dishes in take-out bowls; and in 2018, he opened Lineage, featuring traditional local Hawaii fare in Wailea, Maui; named a James Beard Award semifinalist for “Best New Restaurant” in 2019. Sheldon left Lineage in 2020 to focus on writing his first cookbook, Cook Real Hawai’i, which came out in the Spring of 2021 from Clarkson Potter. Today's show also includes Shari's PR tip to strive to be a fan favorite; Speed Round; Industry News Discussion on The World's 50 Best Restaurants List 2021; and Solo Dining experience at Hawksmoor New York in NYC.
Andrea Strong, ROAR
On today's episode of All in the Industry®, Shari Bayer's guest is Andrea Strong, Executive Director of ROAR, a nonprofit founded in March 2020 in NYC by a group of industry professionals impassioned to fight for unemployed restaurant workers facing financial hardship and to advocate for an industry in crisis. Over the course of her career, Andrea has been a lawyer, a restaurant manager, a waitress, a farm hand, a humanitarian activist, and for two decades, a journalist - known for her pioneering food blog, The Strong Buzz, covering the intersection of food, business, policy and the law. Her work appears in The New York Times, Food & Wine, New York Magazine, Heated, Eater, and more. Her most recent cookbook, Good for You: Bold Flavors with Benefits, written with chef Akhtar Nawab, was published in August 2020. With two young children in public school in Brooklyn, Andrea began to focus on improving school food in 2015. She founded the Wellness Council at PS 261 in 2016, and in October of 2018, she founded the NYC Healthy School Food Alliance, an advocacy group pushing for holistic school food reform across New York City. Today's show also features Shari's PR tip to train for what you want to achieve; Speed Round; Industry News Discussion; and Solo Dining experience at One White Street in Tribeca, NYC.
Omar Tate and Cybille St. Aude-Tate, Honeysuckle Projects
On today's episode of All in the Industry®, Shari Bayer welcomes two guests to the show. First, Omar Tate, a chef, artist, and cofounder of Honeysuckle Projects, a multifaceted food company that focuses on the nuanced cultures and cuisines of the Black diaspora. Omar has emerged as a visionary and a leading thinker on the restaurant industry’s cultural development as a whole. He specifically focuses on race and ethnicity to tear down structural barriers through his practice in Honeysuckle, his pop-up cultural concept. In 2020, Honeysuckle was named pop up of the year by Esquire Magazine and in 2021, Time Magazine named Omar as one of the 100 innovators to watch as part of their Time100Next list.
And second, Cybille St.Aude-Tate, a Haitian American chef & children’s book author, who is a partner in Honeysuckle Projects with her husband Omar. Between her sixteen year career in the restaurant industry & degree in African American Studies specializing in Caribbean culture & aesthetics in America, she has found a niche in cultivating a relative Caribbean food experience that expands the narrative of her identity. Cybille is currently hosting modern Haitian gastronomy pop-ups through CAONA and freelancing as a private chef/culinary consultant with Earthseed Provisions, a food studio she co-founded in the New York metro area. Today's show also features Shari's PR tip to be the change you want to see in the world; Speed Round; Industry News Discussion; and Solo Dining experience at Uchi in Miami, FL.
On our 300th episode of All in the Industry®, Shari Bayer's guest is Daniel Boulud, renowned Chef-Owner of several award-winning restaurants and the Feast & Fêtes catering company. Daniel’s New York City restaurants include his flagship two-Michelin star DANIEL, a Relais & Châteaux member; and his latest, Le Pavillon, a seafood and vegetable focused restaurant, where nature meets architecture. Beyond Manhattan, Daniel has extended his culinary reach across the US and around the world, from Miami to Washington DC, to Singapore, Montreal, Dubai and beyond. Daniel’s numerous culinary accolades include James Beard Foundation awards for “Outstanding Restaurant,” “Outstanding Restaurateur,” “Best Chef, New York City” and “Outstanding Chef of the Year.” Today's show also features Shari's PR tip to pay homage; Speed Round; Industry News Discussion on The New York Times' article - How Eating Out Has Changed, From the Menu to the Tip; and Solo Dining experience at Chefs Walter & Margarita Manzke's new Parisian-inspired bistro, Bicyclette in Los Angeles, CA. Happy 300 episodes! Wonderful to share this milestone with the legendary Daniel Boulud!
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