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On today’s episode Pete talks to his good friend Brian Duffy.

Brian is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has been working in the food industry since he was 14 years old as a dishwasher and busboy at a small restaurant called Castles.

Brian graduated Culinary School in 1994. Brain has opened over 100 restaurants across the country, been on multiple television shows (currently the host of Food Network, “Opening Night”), traveled the world, has cooked for the U.N. and that is just the beginning.

Now Brian is a restaurant consultant who helps restaurants get better around the world.

Brian and Pete talk about the lessons that Brian has learned from over 35 years of being in the restaurant business and the last 10 years being a consultant to restaurants around the world.

“Across the country I see people who want the title (of executive chef) on the chest but do not want the responsibility that comes with that”

Specific topics that Brain and Pete talk about are:

  • Educate ALL your employees. Walk everyone through the different processes, share as much information as you can with everyone.“Your restaurant/organization should not fall apart if you’re not there.”
  • Choosing not to do everything but the right things
  • Budgeting for your organization
  • Hiring the right people
  • Creating a healthy culture

“Stay Hungry, Stay Invested, Continue to Grow. Use things like podcast, books and the most important thing—always share that information you learn.”

In addition, we answer the following questions:

  • How to adapt
  • How to get over ego and pride
  • How to build relationships within the industry
  • How to create tight knit, effective teams

“No matter how high in rank you are, no matter if it’s washing the dishes or sweeping the floor you have to stay plugged in.”


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