366: Finding your mentor with Chef Trigg Brown

Chef Trigg Brown is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he studied English Literature. It was while in college he met his mentor,  Pei Jen Chang, who helped him develop his interest in Taiwanese food. Brown would go on to work for both the Crafted Hospitality and Starr Restaurants, where he further developed his skills. Today Brown is the Chef/Partner of Win Son, a Taiwanese American restaurant located in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

In this episode we will discuss: As a leader you need to do the right thing always. The importance of mentors. Finding the RIGHT mentor. Quiet leaders. Hold yourself to a high standard. Sacrifice your time, money, and energy to get what you want and need in this industry. You will get the knowledge you need from the great mind you surround yourself with. Partnerships. The importance of owning your property. Running a successful Kickstarter campaign. Attract good people with good systems.

Show notes…

Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.

Be a leader, not a follower.




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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which “it factor” habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?

    Building relationships.

  2. What is your biggest weakness?


  3. What is one piece of advice you have for leading others?

    Patience. Everyone learns differently.

  4. What’s one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?

    I look at where someone has works and how long they worked there.

  5. What’s a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?


  6. What’s one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?

    The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

    Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

  7. What’s one piece of technology you’ve adopted in your restaurant and how has it influence operations?

    Hot water hose right next to the deep fryer. Caviar

  8. With all the knowledge you have now if you could go back in time and give your past self one piece of business advice, What would it be and why?

    Don’t take things personally. Stay positive.

  9. What is one question you think should be added to this interview?

    How do you address your management style?

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