Let me start first by scaring you - I have no formal culinary, hospitality, business, or restaurant management training. I am restaurant-grown, through and through. I spent a few years studying marketing and accounting as well as practicing photography, but I did not follow the traditional college degree route because I could never fall out of love enough with my restaurant jobs to pursue college full-time. And yet, I worked hard through those "lowest positions" (my absolute favorites) and am now considered a High-Potential leader in my organization.
I have worked in virtually every position in a restaurant - FOH & HOH Operations + Administrative + HR/People - and am presently settled in my current role as Executive Chef Partner at the beautiful Seasons 52 Fresh Grill and Wine Bar in Albuquerque. While my career has revolved around restaurants, my talents and my passion are around leadership development, employee treatment and retention, and developing challenging goals in business.
How to work with me
What I can offer
I believe my most valuable skills are empathy, coaching, and managing details. I have a deep understanding of restaurants and the industry as a whole, as well as the minutiae about things like how important it is to have electrical outlets exactly where you need them. I do not hesitate to push on parts of an idea or concept that need fine tuning, and am driven to work together to get you and your ideas to where they need to be to come to fruition.
My expectations for a successful mentoring relationship
Vulnerability and discipline. If we are going to flush out ideas, drive forward on goals, tear down walls, and build your ultimate dream, then my ask is that you come ready to be open and honest, willing to say and be told no, to have your ego poked and prodded a little bit, and the discipline to keep going. Rome wasn't built in a day, and that can hurt and make you want to give up. All I ask is that you are okay with hurting sometimes, and you don't give up.
How entrepreneurs can prepare before we start
No requirements, but a couple of books and people I refer to often that may be helpful:
-Broken Windows, Broken Business by Michael Levine
-Brene Brown (in all contexts. Her Ted talks are a good place to start; she also has several books and podcasts)
-Setting the Table by Danny Meyer
-How to Have Impossible Conversations by Peter Boghossian & James Lindsay
Job title:Executive Chef Partner, Manager
United States of America
Accounting and Finance: Budgeting
Accounting and Finance: Cash Flow
Human Resources: Employee Management
Human Resources: Employee Training
Human Resources: Personnel Policies
Management: Planning and Goal Setting
Management: Project Management
Management: Work-Life Balance
Marketing: Business Development
Marketing: Writing and Editing
Operations: Inventory Management
Operations: Quality Management
Sales: Customer Service and CRM
Starting Up: Business Planning
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