Episodes

The Cooking Gene- A Discussion with Culinary Historian, Food Writer and Historical Interpreter Michael Twitty

Feb. 2, 2021

This week, I have Michael Twitty. He's a food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian and historical interpreter personally charged with preparing, preserving and promoting African American foodways, and its parent t…

The Season 2 Trailer for The Chefs Without Restaurants Podcast

Jan. 27, 2021

Welcome to season two of the Chefs Without Restaurants podcast. I'm your host, Chris Spear. On the show, I have conversations with culinary entrepreneurs, and people in the food and beverage industry who took a different rou…

Chef Charles Hunter III on Using Social Media and a Blog to Launch His Personal Chef Business

Dec. 29, 2020

This week we speak with Charles Hunter III. He’s a personal chef, recipe developer and food blogger based in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s the owner of The Salted Table Company, an in-home catering company that prepares meals f…

When Passion Doesn't Pay The Bills - Pastry Chef Ryan Dumapit

Dec. 21, 2020

On this weeks show I have Ryan Dumapit. He has a degree in pastry arts, and food service management. But Ryan doesn’t have a singular path in the food industry. In fact, he also went to school for IT, and has worked for a po…

In Pursuit of Better BBQ - Chef Alex Smith

Dec. 14, 2020

On this week's Chefs Without Restaurants podcast, I speak with chef Alex Smith. While Alex has been in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years now, he’s only spent the last 10 years cooking. He started out in the fr…

Pastry Chef Monica Glass on Exploring Opportunities Outside of Restaurants

Dec. 7, 2020

On this week's Chefs Without Restaurants podcast, I speak with Philadelphia pastry chef Monica Glass. Upon graduating from Penn State, Monica moved to New York City to embark on a career in public relations. But after a brie…

Caterer Sam Hefter Brings the Taco Party to the People

Nov. 30, 2020

On this week's Chefs Without Restaurants podcast, I speak with Sam Hefter, the chef and owner of Hefter Catering in Kansas City. Sam's catering business focuses on upscale taco bars. We talk about how he came up with that i…

A Discussion with Chef and Food Writer Amethyst Ganaway

Nov. 23, 2020

On this week’s Chefs Without Restaurants podcast I have Amethyst Ganaway. She’s worked in the food business for more than 10 years, in both the front and back of the house. Besides being a chef, she also does food writing. Y…

On the Farm - A Discussion with Photographer Aliza Eliazarov About Heritage Breed Animals and Their Portraits

Nov. 16, 2020

On this week’s Chefs Without Restaurants podcast I have renowned photographer Aliza Eliazarov. On November 17, she has a book coming out called On the Farm: Heritage & Heralded Animal Breeds in Portraits and Stories. The boo…

Vietnamese-American Chef Tu David Phu Talks About His Upbringing, His E-Commerce Food Store, and What Community Means to Him

Nov. 9, 2020

On the podcast this week, I have chef Tu David Phu. Tu is a first generation Vietnamese-American, born and raised in Oakland, California. You might know him from season 15 of the Bravo Tv show Top Chef . He’s also a San Fran…

A Conversation with Pastry Chef Kate Holowchik of Lionheart Confections

Nov. 2, 2020

This week I speak with pastry chef, and self-proclaimed culinary renegade Kate Holowchik. After working her way through some of Boston's eclectic kitchens, she's now finding her personal voice with the launch of Lionheart Co…

Mr. Bake - Talking About Sweets, Cooking on TV and Representation in the Food Media

Oct. 26, 2020

This week I speak with Kareem Queeman, better known as Mr. Bake. He’s the owner and operator of Mr. Bake Sweets, a small dessert studio located in Largo, MD. He’s been baking for 20+ years. In the years that Mr. Bake Sweets …

25 Years at Crook's Corner Restaurant - A Conversation with Chef Bill Smith

Oct. 19, 2020

On the show this week, I have chef Bill Smith. Bill was the chef at Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for 25 years, before retiring in January 2019. I wanted to talk to Bill about his time working at Crook’s Corn…

Discussing the State of the Catering and Personal Chef Industries with Chef Brendon Hudson of Liliahna Catering

Oct. 12, 2020

On the podcast this week I have chef Brendon Hudson. He’s owner and chef of Liliahna catering company. Brendon was recently voted Best Chef by Baltimore Magazine’s readers poll. We discuss the state of the catering and perso…

Chef Kimberly Schaub Discusses Being a Research and Development Chef, and Kitchen Culture

Oct. 5, 2020

On the podcast this week I have chef Kimberly Schaub. She’s spent much of her culinary career in the research and development field, working for companies like Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and Bulletproof 360 . She also spent s…

Charging For Your Services, Content Creation and So Much More - A Discussion with Chef Justin Khanna part 2

Sept. 28, 2020

This is part 2 of a discussion I had with chef Justin Khanna. If you haven't listened to part 1 yet, I suggest listening to it first, as this episode jumps right into the middle of our discussion. Justin is the co-founder of…

The Transition From Restaurant Cooking to the Personal Chef and Events Business - A Discussion with Chef Justin Khanna part 1

Sept. 21, 2020

On the podcast this week I have chef Justin Khanna. He is the co-founder of Voyager's Table, a bespoke event production company. He’s also the host of The Emulsion podcast, and has a YouTube channel that has more than 20,000…

Mike Tholis of Rendezvous Farm - Leaving the Chef World for The Farming Life

Sept. 14, 2020

On the podcast this week I have Mike Tholis. Mike is the owner of Rendezvous Farm in Frederick, Maryland. Before starting his farm, Mike was a chef for 5 years in Washington D.C. restaurants, and has also worked as a butcher…

Chef Matthew Jennings - Getting Healthy, Moving to Vermont and His New Job and Business Ventures

Sept. 8, 2020

On today’s show I have Matthew Jennings. He is a chef/consultant, and VP of Culinary at Healthy Living Market & Café in Vermont. He is also the founder of Full Heart Hospitality which he runs with Jason Rose. Previously, Mat…

Jensen Cummings of Best Served - Celebrating the Unsung Hospitality Heroes, Investing in Your Staff, and the Future of the Hospitality Industry

Aug. 31, 2020

On the podcast this week I have chef Jensen Cummings, the creator and host of Best Served Podcast. On his show he talks to hospitality industry leaders to learn about the trials and triumphs of their lives and careers. A fif…

Chef Jamie Simpson of The Chef's Garden and The Culinary Vegetable Institute - Adapting the Business, and Selling to the Home Consumer

Aug. 24, 2020

On this week’s podcast we have chef Jamie Simpson. He is the chef liason at The Chef’s Garden, and the executive chef of the culinary vegetable institute. The Chef’s Garden has been delivering amazing produce and specialty p…

Line Cook Thoughts with Ray Delucci and Chris Spear - Starting a Personal Chef Business, Building a Community and Food Industry Issues

Aug. 17, 2020

On this episode, Chefs Without Restaurants founder Chris Spear speaks with Ray Delucci of the Line Cook Thoughts podcast. The episode originally aired on January 12, 2020. The discussion revolves around starting a personal c…

Brandon Baltzley - Leaving the Restaurant Industry for a Career in Fitness and Nutrition

Aug. 10, 2020

On this podcast I have Brandon Baltzley. Brandon is the owner of Brandon Baltzley Fitness & Nutrition, as well as a personal trainer and wellness coach at Planet Fitness, and the co-owner of The Buffalo Jump restaurant on Ca…

Chef Kisha Washington - A Discussion About The Personal Chef Business, Her Platform For Chefs and a Culinary Non-Profit

Aug. 3, 2020

On today’s podcast we have Kisha Washington. She is the executive Chef and Owner of 3 culinary industry businesses. The first is The Key Ingredient, which is a private dining and chef table experience. The second business is…