28 episodes

The Restaurant Innovator is a podcast from the editors of FSR magazine—the leading publication for full-service restaurants—that dives into the world of running restaurants and explores the latest trends, strategies, and technologies being used by today's NextGen operators. Each episode features insightful conversations with trailblazing restaurateurs who are leading the charge in creating new and memorable experiences. From cutting-edge menu design and front-of-house operations to back-of-house efficiencies and sustainability initiatives, The Restaurant Innovator offers listeners a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to stay ahead of the curve in an ever-evolving industry. Whether you're a seasoned operator or just getting started in the business, this podcast is a must-listen for anyone looking to stay on top of the latest trends and best practices.

The Restaurant Innovator FSR magazine

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

The Restaurant Innovator is a podcast from the editors of FSR magazine—the leading publication for full-service restaurants—that dives into the world of running restaurants and explores the latest trends, strategies, and technologies being used by today's NextGen operators. Each episode features insightful conversations with trailblazing restaurateurs who are leading the charge in creating new and memorable experiences. From cutting-edge menu design and front-of-house operations to back-of-house efficiencies and sustainability initiatives, The Restaurant Innovator offers listeners a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to stay ahead of the curve in an ever-evolving industry. Whether you're a seasoned operator or just getting started in the business, this podcast is a must-listen for anyone looking to stay on top of the latest trends and best practices.

    Building a Restaurant Community from the Ground Up, Ft. Krista Cole

    Building a Restaurant Community from the Ground Up, Ft. Krista Cole

    James Beard Award semifinalist Krista Cole joins FSR Editor Callie Evergreen to chat about her journey from studying nursing to owning three restaurants in Maine (Sur Lie, Gather, and Catface Cafe; breaking down barriers for women and LGBTQ+ members in the restaurant industry; maintaining a community-focused ethos; and more.

    • 43 min
    Transforming Managers Into Hospitality Leaders, Ft. Jason E. Brooks

    Transforming Managers Into Hospitality Leaders, Ft. Jason E. Brooks

    Jason E. Brooks joins FSR editors Callie Evergreen and Sam Danley to talk about the power of influence, transforming restaurant managers into hospitality leaders, KPIs, and more.

    • 38 min
    The Making of MINA Group’s Culinary Empire, Ft. Michael Mina and Jason Himber

    The Making of MINA Group’s Culinary Empire, Ft. Michael Mina and Jason Himber

    Celebrity chef Michael Mina and MINA Group CEO Jason Himber join FSR editors to chat about learning from failures and pushing past fears, the group's impressive global growth journey to more than 30 restaurants, advice for aspiring chefs and restaurateurs, building great leaders, and more.

    • 48 min
    The Art of Personal Branding and Taking Chefs to the Next Level, Ft. Lonny Sweet

    The Art of Personal Branding and Taking Chefs to the Next Level, Ft. Lonny Sweet

    Lonny Sweet, CEO and founder of Sweet Management Group, joins FSR editors Callie Evergreen and Sam Danley to talk about how chefs can elongate their careers through great storytelling and brand partnerships, how to leverage social media influencers to get more guests in seats, his unique niche of being a celebrity chef talent agent and manager, and more.

    • 43 min
    Creating the Sports Bar of the Future, Ft. Celebrity Chefs Janine Booth, Jeff McInnis, and Caribe Royale’s Amaury Piedra

    Creating the Sports Bar of the Future, Ft. Celebrity Chefs Janine Booth, Jeff McInnis, and Caribe Royale’s Amaury Piedra

    This special episode features three guests—celebrity chefs Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis, plus Caribe Royale Orlando’s Amaury Piedra—who chat with FSR editors about creating the new sports bar-meets-night-club Stadium Club, curating high-tech offerings, designing a menu to reach a target audience, the evolving role of hotel restaurants, and more.

    • 46 min
    Lessons on Arrogance from ‘Top Chef’ Star CJ Jacobson

    Lessons on Arrogance from ‘Top Chef’ Star CJ Jacobson

    Chef CJ Jacobson joins FSR Editor Callie Evergreen for a special episode about his hilarious and somewhat naive journey of becoming a chef, winning “Top Chef Duels,” opening up his own restaurants, Ēma and Aba, and lessons learned along the way.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Khasen ,

Insightful and informative.

Love this podcast! It’s very insightful and informative. Amazing speakers & host ask great questions and interesting stories and experiences we can learn from each other in the restaurant industry.

ThezanyD ,

Great interview and podcast

Really enjoy the podcast and had a great experience being interviewed on Restaurant Innovator.

Foodiefoodie123 ,

Great podcast!

Super informative on the restaurant industry with diverse perspectives. Always an enjoyable listen!

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