106: Chef Matthew Gaudet An Example of What Happens When You Never Stop Learning



West Bridge (02AUG2013)-59 copyChef Gaudet is a graduate of The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. After graduating he spent 9 years honing his skills at Eleven Madison Park, Jean-Georges and Aquaveet. Upon returning to Boston, he held the Chef De Cuisine title first at Brasserie Jo then at Aquitaine Bistro. Today, he is the Executive Chef/Partner at the well known West Bridge Restaurant in Cambridge MA. In this episode Chef teaches that its NEVER too late to chase your dream and to never stop learning.

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Success or Leadership Quote/Mantra

  • You have to understand the little things, and do the little things.”

It” Factor

  • Willingness to learn
  • Having Accountability
  • Being vulnerable.
  • The confidence to be an individual.

Industry Challenge or Failure

  • When chef opened the West Bridge, he tried to take on too much too soon.
  • Chef’s advice to avoid this, is to scale way back. Don’t go too big too soon.


Knowledge BOMBS

Fundraising Advice

  • Always start with your A-list. Realize that they’ll strike out, but know your B-list will come up strong.
  • Spread the dream. Don’t make it just about your dream, make it everyones dream to see your restaurant do well.

Employee Hiring

  • Don’t look for skill. Instead, look for approachable, accountability and teach about.
  • As you get higher in the ranks look for people who can take your job.

Employee Retainment

  • The best thing you can do is foster the individual. Find out what your team members want in their career and help them get there.

Advice on Teamwork

  • When the shit really hits the fan, its not about getting mad, its about seizing the opportunity.

Industry Resource

Essential Cuisine

Pierre Gagnaire: Reflections on Culinary Artistry

White Heat

Ma Gastronomie

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

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Advice on Marketing

  • Chef does a fair amount of travel. He uses social media to keep people up to date with what he is doing.
  • Locally, he suggest showing up at community events, and making new friends.

sflogo2010Objective Product/Service Review Suggestion

  • Schedulefly-  a new way for your restaurant to schedule, communicate, hire & plan. It’s easy, engaging and even fun! Your team checks their schedule from their phone, tablet or laptop. All time off request and shift trades are handled through the system.
  • Dropbox.com-  a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Dropbox was Unknown-2founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students tired of emailing files to themselves to work from more than one computer.
  • I asked Chef “What are some apps, you could not part with on your phone?”
    • Translator: for communicating with all staff members
    • Kitchen translator/Unit Converter

Best Business Advice

  • Never Stop Learning!

Questions I should have asked?

  • Whats the final goal?
  • A: To get back to that 25 year old kid who does nothing.

Interview Resources

Looking For A Job? Contact Info:

Email: Matthew@westbridgerestaurant.com



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