376: Choosing to be great with Tristan Wraight

In this episode, we discuss why you need to “make it exciting”, how there is job security in hospitality, how turning your life around is as simple as making the choice to, showing up to work with enthusiasm, using enthusiastic energy lifts those around you, how doing the work opens up doors and creates opportunity, scaling into a high volume restaurant, why choosing the right partner can make all the difference, and why you need to make your operation foolproof.

While in high school, Chef Tristan Wraight got his start as a dishwasher at a bakery. He continued to work hard and climbed the ladder to become sous chef at Parson’s Chicken & Fish in Chicago. Along the way, he had a few stints as touring Guitarist but eventually found his way back to the kitchen. At some point he found himself in Charlottesville, VA and in 2014 he opened Oakhart Social, which has since been one of the hottest spots in Charlottesville restaurant scene.

Show notes…

Favorite Success Quote or Mantra

“Make it exciting.”


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Knowledge bombs

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

    • Anxiety- the need to be doing the best you can.
  2. What is your biggest weakness?

    • Anxiety-second guessing, insomnia.
  3. What is one piece of advice you have for leading others?

    • Don’t be a dick.
  4. What’s one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?

    • Ask, “What kind of music do you listen to?”
  5. What’s a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?

    • Staffing and paying people what they’re worth.
  6. What’s one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?

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

  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?

    • Start saving.
    • Pace yourself.

Contact Info

Insta: @tristan_wraight


Website: www.oakhartsocial.com


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Huge thanks to Chef Tristan Wraight for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!