Episodes

Feb. 19, 2024

Beyond Contracts, Invoices, and Deposits: Creating a Less Transactional Experience

In this week’s solo episode of Chefs Without Restaurants, host Chris Spear delves into the controversial yet effective business practices he's adopted for his personal chef business. Chris reveals how he's successfully run h…
Feb. 12, 2024

The Chef Who's Feeding Oceanside's Houseless Community - Sunny Soto-Brisco of Sunny Street Outreach

This week I have chef Sunny Soto-Brisco. With her wife, they started Sunny Street Outreach to cook and serve restaurant quality meals to the houseless and underserved communities in Oceanside, CA. They're currently working o…
Feb. 4, 2024

Caribbean Flavors, Paleo Remixes with Althea Brown of Metemgee

This week I have Althea Brown. After moving to the United States from Guyana, Althea started a blog called Metemgee where she shares traditional Guyanese recipes. Due to health reasons, Althea now follows a paleo diet. But y…
Guest: Althea Brown
Jan. 27, 2024

Taking a Creative, Culinary Approach to Craft Distilling with Scott Blackwell of High Wire Distilling Co (Part 2)

This week I have part 2 of my conversation with Scott Blackwell, owner/distiller of High Wire Distilling Co in Charleston, SC which he runs with his wife Ann Marshall. This part of our conversation starts with how and why he…
Jan. 19, 2024

Serial Entrepreneurship in the Food and Beverage Industry with Scott Blackwell of High Wire Distilling Co (Part 1)

This week I have part 1 of my conversation with Scott Blackwell, owner/distiller of High Wire Distilling Co in Charleston, SC which he runs with his wife Ann Marshall. This part of our conversation focuses on his entreprenur…
Jan. 8, 2024

Processed Food, Faux Meat, Culinary Nostalgia, and Reading the Room with Tony Moore of Winning at Work

This week on Chefs Without Restaurants I'm sharing part two of my conversation with Tony Moore. Tony is a seasoned marketing executive and the host of the "Winning at Work" podcast. I was a guest on his podcast, and this is …
Dec. 21, 2023

Exploring Mexico's Rich Flavors with Chef Sarah Thompson of Casa Playa

This week, we're venturing into the vibrant world of Mexican cuisine with executive chef Sarah Thompson of Casa Playa at Wynn Las Vegas. At Casa Playa, she presents a vibrant and creative menu featuring bright, California an…
Dec. 9, 2023

Behind the Scenes of Pop-Up Dining with Chef Jonathon Merrick of Family Meal Boise

In this episode we dive into the world of pop-up dining with Chef Jonathon Merrick of Family Meal Boise, an in-home pop-up restaurant he runs. You get a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and triumphs of running the su…
Nov. 16, 2023

Mastering the Grocery Aisle: Tony Moore on Food and Beverage Marketing

In this insightful episode, join us as we welcome Tony Moore, a distinguished marketing executive and podcaster. We delve into the ever-evolving world of food and beverage marketing, discussing strategies for standing out in…
Nov. 11, 2023

Unlocking Business Potential with Alex Hormozi's 'More, Better, New' - Insights by Chris Spear

In this solo episode, host Chris Spear delves into the 'More, Better, New' principle, a concept coined by entrepreneur Alex Hormozi. Chris applies this philosophy to his own business, discussing its impact on decision-making…
Nov. 2, 2023

Get More Reviews for Your Business

Do you want to get more reviews for your business? If so, this is the episode for you. I’ll tell you step-by-step how I started to get at least one review from almost every customer. This tactic uses printable QR codes, take…
Oct. 27, 2023

Build and Grow Your Personal Chef Service with Larry Lynch of the USPCA

This week, my guest this week is Larry Lynch, president of the United States Personal Chef Association. Topics Discussed: Food safety Regulations, the health department, and cooking in your home Customer acquisition Events a…
Oct. 20, 2023

What is Good Food?

What is Good Food? On last week's podcast I spoke with chef Rollie Wesen . He's the executive Director of the Jacques Pépin foundation, as well as an assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Is…
Oct. 13, 2023

The Jacques Pépin Foundation and Culinary Education with Rollie Wesen

This week on I speak with chef Rollie Wesen. He's the executive Director of the Jacques Pépin foundation, as well as an assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Rollie is married to Cla…
Oct. 5, 2023

Competitive Cooking at the Highest Level with Chef Corey Siegel

This week we have chef Corey Siegel. You'll hear how Corey went from finishing dead last in his culinary SkillsUSA competition, to representing team USA with master chef Rich Rosendale at the Bocuse d'Or . This episode is a…
Guest: Corey Siegel
Sept. 29, 2023

Exploring Maryland Foodways with Old Line Plate’s Kara Mae Harris

This week I have Kara Mae Harris of the blog Old LIne Plate, where she's been exploring Maryland foodways since 2010. Last year, Kara released a book titled Old Line Plate, the same as her blog. It was a collection of some o…
Sept. 21, 2023

Tiffani Thiessen on Getting Creative with Leftovers, and Her New Cookbook Here We Go Again

On this week's podcast we have Tiffani Thiessen. She’s probably best known for her roles as Kelly Kapowski on Saved By the Bell, and Valerie on Beverly Hills 90210. But today she’s not here to talk about acting. We’re talk…
Sept. 14, 2023

Exploring Scottish Cuisine with Scotland's National Chef Gary Maclean

On this week's podcast we have Scotland's national chef Gary Maclean, a role he was offered after winning season 16 of Masterchef: The Professionals. Gary recently released The Scottish Kitchen, a cookbook of traditional Sco…
Sept. 6, 2023

Brad Leone on the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen and Launching His New YouTube Channel

In this episode of Chefs Without Restaurants, we have Brad Leone. Brad is known for his prominent role at the Bon Appétit test kitchen. Over time, he climbed the ranks to become the Test Kitchen Manager. It was during this p…
Guest: Brad Leone
Aug. 16, 2023

How Complacency Can Kill Your Business

This week I want to talk about how complacency can kill your business (or at least hurt it). I run a personal chef business, and have been doing it for 11 years now. When I started out doing it on the side, I was a little sc…
July 12, 2023

Measurable Metrics For Success in the Kitchen, Structuring Your Business, and Finding Your Community with Justin Khanna

On this week's podcast, we have Justin Khanna, the founder of Repertoire, a hospitality education company, and the host of The Repertoire Podcast. We talk about measurable metrics for success in the kitchen, including worki…
June 30, 2023

Exploring the World of Immersive Culinary Retreats with Lisa Donovan and Julie Belcher of Rêverie Retreats

On this week’s show, I have Lisa Donovan and Julie Belcher of Rêverie Retreats. These retreats are the kind of trips that I want to take. Travel to the Loire Valley... Take a French pastry lesson with an acclaimed baker...Ha…
June 21, 2023

Knife Drop with YouTube Sensation and MasterChef Finalist Nick DiGiovanni

This week my guest is Nick DiGiovanni. Nick was a MasterChef finalist on season 10, which he did while attending Harvard. Since then, he’s been creating food and cooking content online. His YouTube channel recently passed th…
June 16, 2023

A Middle Eastern Pantry with Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boîte Spice Shop

This week, my guest is Lior Lev Sercarz. Lior is the chef, spice blender, and owner of La Boîte, a spice shop in New York City. He's previously released the cookbooks The Art of Blending, The Spice Companion and Mastering Sp…