Episodes

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…
June 9, 2023

Salad, Pizza and Wine with Ryan Gray and Janice Tiefenbach

This week on Chefs Without Restaurants I speak with Ryan Gray and Janice Tiefenbach of Elena, Gia, and Nora Gray restaurants in Montreal. They recently released a cookbook called Salad Pizza Wine. During our conversation, Ry…
June 2, 2023

Quitting Social Media with Chef Krimsey Lilleth

This week I have Krimsey Lilleth. She’s the author of The Cajun Vegan Cookbook, and was the owner of Krimsey‘s Cajun kitchen, the world's first vegan Cajun restaurant. Due to Covid, Krimsey made the tough decision to close h…
May 26, 2023

Locally Sourced: Chef Andre Uribe's Recipe for Culinary Success

In this episode, I speak with Andre Uribe, a personal chef and the co-owner of Sustainable Meals Oregon. We delve into Andre's journey as a chef and his foray into video and storytelling, which now includes his own audio and…
May 12, 2023

Deposits, Payment Methods and Horror Stories with Chef Matt Collins

This week I speak with chef Matt Collins about payment methods and deposits, with a side or horror stories. Whether you work in the food industry or not, if you receive payment for your services, you won't want to miss this.…
May 3, 2023

Nourishing People and the Planet: A Conversation with the Twin Chefs Behind Servis Events

On today's show, I have Nicolas and Stephen Servis, identical twin brothers who founded Servis Events, a private dining service based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. You’ll learn how the brothers pivoted during the early days…
April 6, 2023

Easy Allergy-Free Cooking with Kayla Cappiello

Do you or someone you love have a food allergy or intolerance? Or maybe you're a chef who cooks for people and wants to get better at accommodating customers with dietary restrictions. In this episode of Chefs Without Restau…
March 29, 2023

The Best Hire You Can Make For a Personal Chef Business

This week on Chefs Without Restaurants we have chef Kyle Shankman. Kyle is the chef and owner of Speak Easy Supper Club, an exclusive dining experience in the Atlanta area. As tickets for Speak Easy are hard to come by, Chef…
March 29, 2023

Chef Kyle Shankman on His Home-Based Speak Easy Supper Club

This week on Chefs Without Restaurants we have chef Kyle Shankman. Kyle is the chef and owner of Speak Easy Supper Club, an exclusive dining experience in the Atlanta area. As tickets for Speak Easy are hard to come by, Chef…
March 23, 2023

Elevated Home Cooking: Approachable and Affordable Recipes with Chef Christine Flynn

This week on Chefs Without Restaurants we have Christine Flynn, the proprietor of The Good Earth Winery in Ontario, Canada, and executive chef and partner at iQ Food Co . She recently released her second cookbook, "A Generou…
March 16, 2023

An Intro to Thai Food and Cooking with Chef Pailin Chongchitnant

This week I have chef Pailin Chongchitnant, host of the YouTube channel Pailin’s Kitchen, and author of the companion website Hot Thai Kitchen. She recently released her 2nd cookbook, Sabai: 100 Simple Thai Recipes for Any D…
March 8, 2023

It's Time to Stop Nickel and Diming Your Clients - Provide an All-Inclusive Experience Instead

On this week's podcast, I address the issue of nickel and diming your customers. Instead, I offer the alternative, which is providing an all-inclusive experience. I believe that many costs, such as providing china and linens…
March 1, 2023

How to Become a Successful Personal Chef

I started Chefs Without Restaurants to help other people grow their food businesses. Because I’ve been working as a personal chef for 11 years now, I have a lot of firsthand knowledge about what you can do to grow a personal…
Feb. 22, 2023

Cooking Up Retro Recipes with Bobby Hicks

This week I speak with Bobby Hicks, the man behind Retro Recipes Kitchen, the online video series where he cooks up the good, the bad, and the weird from vintage cookbooks. His videos can be found on TikTok, Instagram, and Y…
Feb. 8, 2023

Starting a Pop-Up Restaurant with Sam Fore of Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites

On today’s show I have chef Sam Fore, the Sri Lankan-American chef and recipe developer who’s known for her wildly popular Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites pop-ups. She was recently honored by The James Beard Foundation Awards as a …
Feb. 1, 2023

Monetizing Chef Referrals with Derrick Fox

This week is a follow-up episode with Chef Derrick Fox. You might have heard my full episode with him last week. Derrick went from being a punk rock drummer to cooking on MasterChef season six where he was the runner-up, fol…