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How To Be A Celebrity Chef

Photograph of chef Jacques Pépin at Aspen Food...

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The end of a long week so a business thought related to food.  Actually, it’s related to the food business, and it comes from Jacques Pepin.  Chef Pepin is one of my culinary heroes, and his TV work, both solo and the series he did with Julia Child, ranks in my mind as some of the best cooking programming ever done.  He was one of the first “celebrity chefs” – after he had put in 30 years in the kitchen.  He kind of built the mold – successful restaurant career, TV, books – that many of the folks you see on The Food Network are trying to follow but he actually paid his dues.

Jacques Pepin is very different from many of them and not just because he was a pioneer.  Want to know why?  It’s a great business point for us all. Continue reading

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Training Wheels

Mario Batali, American chef and restaurateur.

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Let’s end the week on a food note, shall we?  I know – just like every other Friday.  The sort of big news around my town this week is that Mario Batali is opening a place here.  Due to some funky zoning regulations, our town’s culinary scene hasn’t really kept up with towns around us so this is terrific news.  I’m sure you’ve all seen Mario on TV even if you haven’t eaten at one of his many excellent restaurants.  What you might not know is that his route to that success was kind of different and that’s today’s business thought. Continue reading

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Business Should Be Cooking Italian

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Brief post to end the week, kids.  I was cooking dinner last evening- turkey meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce, thanks for asking.  But as I was stirring the pot, it dawned on me that many of the same principles of Italian cuisine correspond to smart behavior in business.  Continue reading

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