Chef Ricchio

Episode #296 Chef, Host & Food Critic Dishes on Restaurants

This is a FUN episode. I’m speaking with a food writer, podcast/ television host and all-around colorful guy Chef Joe Ricchio. He is a big personality around the food scene in the state of Maine, as well as in the culinary world at large. Joe has written for Bon Appetit, The Food Network, The New York Times and has appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”. He is all about food trends, new and favorite restaurants, critiques, up and coming chefs and more.

The Essence of Hospitality

Episode #293 The Essence of Hospitality

Hospitality defines our business and delivering amazing guest experiences is the name of the game. It’s about leveraging a true competitive advantage. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Chris Adams, CEO, and Founder of the Ellis Adams Group, an international hospitality consulting firm that works with some of the leading hospitality brands around the globe.

James Beard Foundation

Episode #292 The James Beard Foundation Awards

This episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast is all about the James Beard Foundation and most importantly, the famous awards each year. Our guests are Dawn Padmore and Tanya Holland who lead the awards committee. They share the prestige and history of the JBF Awards. They speak to the incredible legacy of James Andrew Beard, famous chef, author lecturer, and television personality. They discuss how the deserving candidates are recognized and nominated and so much more!

Lisa Dahl triumphant Chef, Author, and Restaurateur

Episode #291 Lisa Dahl Triumphant Chef, Author, and Restaurateur

Pride and passion run deep for all of us in this business. but rising from a deep personal tragedy to open multiple successful concepts takes something more. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Ms. Lisa Dahl, the CEO and Executive Chef of Dahl Restaurant Group. Lisa found Sedona, Arizona to be an especially healing and inspiring place to build her concepts. She is a self-taught chef, multiple cookbook author, and company visionary doing great things for our industry and her community.


Episode #289 A Visionary Restaurant Leader with Big Dreams

I’m always impressed by visionary leaders who innovate and transform our industry. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with T.K. Pillan Founder and Executive Chairman of the largest, most influential vegan/vegetarian restaurant company in the U.S. T.K.’s mission is to stop animal cruelty, end world hunger, and improve both the health of the planet and his guests.