008: Evan Hennessey of Stages

Today’s guest is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu at the Atlantic Culinary Acadaemy. He has worked with some of the ievan-hennessey-biondustries best chefs which include Charlie Palmer at New York City’s Aureole , Chef Grant Achatz at Trio in Chicago, Andrew Carmellini at Cafe Boulud, Thomas Rice and Ken Oringer at Clio, and Eli Kaimeh and Thomas Keller at Per Se.

He has been the Executive chef of 43 Degrees North and the Dunaway Restaurant and today is Chef/Proprietor of Stages in Dover, NH. he is a proud member of Chef’s Collaborative and was most recently been named James Beard award Semifinalist Best Chef: Northeast.

Show Notes

Success/Leadership Quote or Mantra

“Doing ordinary things, extraordinarily”

analyze yourself on a daily basis and improve yourself one day at a time”

“your biggest competition is yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others, but compare yourself to yourself the day before.”

“push yourself”

“3 or 30. go into each day with the same focus whether you’re covering 3 or 30.”

“IT” Factor

Utilizing all senses in conjunction with each other to provide and overall great experience.


Location is not known for dining area. Its difficult being the new (only) kid on the block. Combated by focusing on the community. If you support your community they will support you.


Its key. You have to know yourself before you’re able to lead.

All leaders need to consider themselves a student first. Knowing that they can learn from anyone.

Success Definition

“Doing ordinary things, extraordinarily” 

Having the ability of pulling a team and connect with your community.


On The Fly (speed round)
  • Hiring Tip
    Ask “Where is your favorite place to travel to and why?” It gets to the emotion of the individual and if you can get a positive answer its  a good sign.
  • Creative Incentive to Keep Employees
    Letting your employees know that They are a key part of the success.
  • Marketing Tactics, Tools or Trends
    Community involvement and word of month.
  • Restaurant or Business Book

    Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection

  • Productivity, Efficiency, Profitability or Communication Gadget Tool or Service.
    His employees.
  • Best Business or Restaurant Advice
    “You want to open a restaurant? I F&$#ing hope you can cook! Now, show me you know how to run a business.”
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