Season 5

May 1, 2024

Using Pizza to Raise Awareness and Money for Muscular Dystrophy with The Real Billy Z

This week my guest is Billy Zureikat, known online as The Real Billy Z. He's a home cook, baker and pizza-maker who's life took an unexpected turn. He went from an active lifestyle, playing basketball and working at ESPN rad…
April 19, 2024

Modernist Cuisine, Sustainability, Culinary Traditions and More with Nathan Myhrvold

This week my guest is Nathan Myhrvold of Modernist Cuisine. Nathan graduated high school and went to college at 14. He holds a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics, as well as a master’s degree in mathematical e…
April 12, 2024

Stolen Recipes, Scrapple, Bill Murray and Bad Service

This week I'm sharing a clip from another podcast I was featured on a couple of years ago. I share a couple of funny stories that I've never shared before. The first story is about how actor Bill Murray inadvertently ruined …
March 28, 2024

Exploring Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon with Bernie Lubbers of Heaven Hill Distillery

This week my guest is "the whiskey professor" Bernie Lubbers, Heaven Hill Distillery's national brand ambassador. If you want to learn more about bourbon, and one of America's oldest and best distilleries, this episode is fo…
March 21, 2024

Teaching Kids Culinary and Business Skills - The Fat Pastor Shawn Niles

This week my guest is Shawn Niles (aka The Fat Pastor). Shawn started his church in 2015, but his love of cooking led him to competing on MasterChef in 2016. What chef Gordon Ramsay told him would change his life forever. Wa…
Guest: Shawn Niles
March 14, 2024

Make Better Pizza at Home with Women's Pizza Month Founder Christy Alia

This week my guest is pizza maker and founder of Women’s Pizza Month Christy Alia. Women's pizza month is an online party taking place the whole month of March on Instagram. Of course, you can follow along by checking out th…
March 7, 2024

Talking About The Chef Conference with Founder Mike Traud

This week my guest is Mike Traud, founder of The Chef Conference (formerly The Philly Chef Conference). We talk about the history, and evolution, of this food and beverage conference. You'll hear what you can expect from thi…
Feb. 27, 2024

Perseverance and Adaptation - Christine Van Bloem of The Empty Nest Kitchen

This week my guest is chef Christine Van Bloem. For 15 years Christine ran the successful Kitchen Studio Cooking School in Frederick, Maryland, a recreational cooking school. When the Covid pandemic hit, she had to stop doin…
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

This week on Chefs Without Restaurants we're diving into the world of food and beverage marketing with Tony Moore. Tony, a seasoned marketing executive and the host of the "Winning at Work" podcast, brings his extensive expe…
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…