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Robert Marchetti, New York-based hospitality veteran interviews industry icons and boots on the ground 'hospo peeps' (an Aussie term) whose voices are seldom heard.  The show’s aim is to inspire, motivate and entertain the 16 million+ hospitality folks in the USA, and 50 million+ globally. 
With Covid-19 decimating the industry, our hope is that by interviewing industry veterans and game-changers, their views and insights into what’s next will inspire a generation of hospitality workers.  


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The Raw Hospitality Sho‪w‬ Robert Marchetti

    • Entrepreneurship
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Robert Marchetti, New York-based hospitality veteran interviews industry icons and boots on the ground 'hospo peeps' (an Aussie term) whose voices are seldom heard.  The show’s aim is to inspire, motivate and entertain the 16 million+ hospitality folks in the USA, and 50 million+ globally. 
With Covid-19 decimating the industry, our hope is that by interviewing industry veterans and game-changers, their views and insights into what’s next will inspire a generation of hospitality workers.  


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    The Foodie Magician - Josh Beckerman

    The Foodie Magician - Josh Beckerman

    The first time I met Josh he told me he makes food disappear. He then proceeded to eat an entire foot long lamb chop in my restaurant in under one minute right in front of my eyes.
    Josh Beckerman AKA the Foodie Magician is a professional entertainer and a consumer of every great restaurant in New York.
    He intertwines magic, mentalism and comedy around the world.
    This guy is no wall flower, he’s funny, entertaining and makes most rooms fall in love with him within a few minutes. That’s his real magic.
    The New York times stated, go out often enough and the food magician will materialize at the edge of your table.
    He has done tonnes of TV shows, the today show, late night with Seth Meyers and the of course cooking channel.
    For a healthy dose of magic and food updates in real time you really have to follow him on social media.
    I get most of my latest food updates from his IG stories.
    A true entrepreneur that has squared away a unique career and craft for himself in a true compelling strategy and role that no
    one can compete with or probably eat more in in day than him.
    He is the Food Magician

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    • 54 min
    The Hospitality Tactician - Adam Block

    The Hospitality Tactician - Adam Block

    Our next guest is Adam Block, probably the most important player in over 1200 hospitality venues across the United States.
    He has owned, run, negotiated, reinvigorated, leased, litigated so many deals my head spinning.
    Yet he manages to stay super humble. 
    He talks partners, deals, covid and re imagining the hospitality space.
    He gives insights on how to pivot and lean forward in the new playing field in front of us and how to navigate the sharks.
    This guy is super informative and an old mate of mine who I used from time to time as mentor and ear for advice.


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Reinventing the Club & Nightlife Scene - David Rabin

    Reinventing the Club & Nightlife Scene - David Rabin

    This weeks guest is David Rabin, an iconic figure in the New York Club & Bar World.
    He was one of the founders in the 1990s of Double 7 and Lotus clubs and later on Rex, V-Bar, Union Bar, and many more just to name a few.
    Currently, he has the Lambs Club, Cafe Clover, American Bar, The Skylark, and Jimmy’s on the roof of SoHo’s James Hotel. He’s also an advisor for The Dorsey (Las Vegas)
    He’s also opened gigs in Las Vegas and Moscow.
    This guy grew up in the late 70s 80s 90s Think Studio 54 and Ian Schrager's Palladium Club and many more.
    He’s known as an innovator of the entertainment industry, and Icon of the club and bar world, and an all-around good human.
    Page Six calls him the Club Guru.
    Market Watch calls him the New York Nightlife pioneer.
    He creates community programs to embrace and better understand the future of hospitality and probably one of the dudes that helped the Meatpacking district become what it is today.
    An ex-lawyer who walked away from his career and started his dream.


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    Masters of the Art of Bartending - Ron Wolf and Mike DeSimone

    Masters of the Art of Bartending - Ron Wolf and Mike DeSimone

    Today I am joined by this dynamic duo - the ever inspiring, utterly charismatic, true professionals of hospitality - Mike DeSimone & Ron Wolf.
    These are the guys behind the bar at the legendary (and infamous) Sparks Steak House in Midtown Manhattan. For those who have never heard of it, Sparks was founded in 1966 and is famously the spot where mobster Paul Castellano was gunned down outside its entrance in 1985.  Nowadays it’s a far more civilized affair, with a loyal customer base, welcoming people from all over the world and renowned for serving some of the best steak in town, having an unrivaled wine list and they also make a mean Martini (or whatever your favorite tipple is).
    Hailing from Australia and Staten Island, these guys fell into hospitality and have made it an absolute art form.  Their passion, camaraderie and teamwork oozes from them, ensuring that anyone who steps into the place is treated the same and made to feel special.
    Aside from mastering mixology and customer relationships, these guys have seen it all, from 9/11, the GFC, Hurricane Sandy and now COVID, we talk about the impact these have had on the hospitality industry and their point of view on the future. 
    It’s a highly engaging, feel good chat, so sit back and enjoy the wisdom of these guys.
    🎧 to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Podcasts, or watch the interview on our YouTube channel


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    • 46 min
    Cosmo Montemurro, Joesph Levey, & Wayne Schumer - The Insiders

    Cosmo Montemurro, Joesph Levey, & Wayne Schumer - The Insiders

    On today’s show I’m delighted to be joined by a unique group of super talented guys, quirky specialists in their own right, responsible for the success of many hospitality establishments across NYC.
    Joining me are Joseph “the bulldog” Levey from Helbraun Levey, NY's premier full-service law firm focused on the legal and licensing needs of the hospitality industry, looking after many big name clients like Uncle Boon’s and Jack’s Wife Freda.
    Cosmo “the spiritual gangster” Montemurro, a leading broker from Murro Realty, a full service commercial real estate brokerage firm located in Manhattan.  These guys run the streets helping high-profile landlords, esteemed restaurateurs & luxury retail tenants navigate the cityscape, and make their mark.
    And Wayne “the gentle giant, Schumer, top class builder from C & A Seneca Construction, specializing in hospitality construction projects in Manhattan, examples of his work are The Moxy Hotel and currently working on The Gansevoort.
    Whether it’s finding a place to take over, negotiating your lease or refurbishing your establishment, these are the guys that work passionately behind the scenes to make it happen.

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    • 52 min
    Shep Gordon Supermensch - The Man Who Made Chefs' Celebrities

    Shep Gordon Supermensch - The Man Who Made Chefs' Celebrities

    Shep Gordon is an American talent manager, Hollywood film agent, and producer, and the star of a 2013 documentary, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, directed by Mike Myers.  Born in Jackson Heights, Queens, he has spent the last 47 years living in Maui and has just become the proud father of his first child (he also has 4 adopted children).
    This man truly is an all round great human being, adored by celebrities across the world and one of the most humble, appreciative, wise and spiritual person I have ever met, and I am honored to be able to call him a friend,  
    During today’s show we cover so many topics - we learn how hospitality is his passion, cooking is his mediation & hosting culinary jam sessions at his home in Maui are a regular occurrence.   
    He talks about his humbling experience working with the Dalai Lama for over 12 years, and how if being Alice Cooper’s manager (along with many other famous artists) wasn’t enough, he is the man single handedly responsible for creating celebrity chefs.
    Why did he do this?  Well, having been a close friend and then manager for the iconic French chef Roger Verge, he became angered by the differences he saw first hand in the way chefs vs rock stars were being treated, and after a conversation with Wolfgang Puck, he was called to go down to Spago for lunch, where he was met by 100 of the world’s greatest chefs holding a sign, asking for help.  From that point on, he made it his mission to stop chefs being seen as just staff, but to bring them/us out of the kitchen and give them/us not only a platform to show off their/our creativity & be recognized for their/our skills, but receive the status (and financial reward) they/we deserve.
    We go on to discuss the evolution of the culinary arts, the role of TV in the rise to stardom for chefs, and way that has changed over the years, for good and bad; 
    We discuss the impact of the #metoo movement on the industry and with the current situation we’re all facing, he shares his thoughts on where he sees opportunity for chefs and restaurateurs moving forward in order to be successful in their business, be happy with who they are and deliver delight to customers.
    It really is a fascinating, wide ranging discussion, so sit back and enjoy….
    BIO
    After obtaining his B.A. in 1968 from the State University of New York at Buffalo in sociology, he attended The New School for Social Research for post-graduation work.  On moving to Los Angeles, California, he first got a job as a probation officer before becoming a legendary talent agent and friend of celebrities the world over.
    Music career
    After being introduced to the band Alice Cooper by drummer Neal Smith’s sister Cindy Smith, he and his partner Joe Greenberg began to manage the group in 1968. Gordon went on to represent Anne Murray, Blondie, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, Ben Vereen, Burton Cummings, The Calloways, Squeeze, Frankie Valli, Gary Wright, George Clinton, Gipsy Kings, Groucho Marx, Jean-Luc Ponty, Johnny Clegg, Kenny Loggins, King Sunny Ade, Lisa Fischer, Majek Fashek, Maurice White, Michelle Shocked, Mtume, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Pink Floyd, Pointer Sisters, Raquel Welch, Rick James, Sarah Miles, Stephanie Mills and Yvonne Elliman. He continues to manage Alice Cooper to this day without a contract.
    Gordon was a partner with Sammy Hagar (of Van Halen) on Cabo Wabo Tequila. He also partnered with Willie Nelson to create Old Whiskey River Bourbon.
    Culinary career
    In 1993 Gordon created Alive Culinary Resources, the first talent agency to represent chefs. In the words of Emeril Lagasse, “He single-handedly created celebrity chefs. His client list has included Celestino Drago, Charlie Trotter, Daniel Boulud, Dean Fearing, Emeril Lagasse, Jimmy Schmidt, Jonathan Waxman, Larry Forgione, Lydia Shire, Mark Miller, Mark Tarbell, Nobu Matsuhisa, Peter Mer

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6 Ratings

Bcurious13 ,

Insightful and entertaining

Great new show. Keep them coming Robert.

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