Past Episodes

367: Great people in great systems with Chef Kyle Itani

In this episode, we discuss the value of finding a mentor, creating system depending restaurants, putting great people in system dependent restaurants, staying lean when opening your first restaurant, being a good listener, living to serve others, and the meaning of hospitality. Kyle Itani spent most of his life around food being raised in a … Listen Now…

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 … Listen Now…

365: Being the mentor with Chef Craig Hartman

  A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Craig Hartman spent 37 years building his career around fine dining, hotels and educating others. In 2010 he deiced it was time to change it up and made a go at fulfilling a lifelong dream to open a BBQ Joint. Today he serves as the … Listen Now…

363: Blaming yourself with Xavier Mariezcurrena and Tony Aiazzi

Xavier (“X”) Mariezcurrena, aka Mr. FOH hospitality, and Chef Tony Aiazzi are restaurant dudes and longtime compatriots. Together they have over 32 years experience in hospitality and have worked under names such as Bobby Flay and Charlie Palmer. Today they serve as Co-Founders of ChouxBox, the industry’s first web-based “point of purchase” service that helps everyone organize … Listen Now…

362: Create a culture not a concept with Brett Schulman

Brett Schulman graduated from the Universtiy of Maryland College Park in 1995. He would go on to pursue a career in finance as an equity trader. After losing his passion for finance, Brett changed paths to help his wife run Snikiddy Snacks- a natural snack food company-as their COO. Brett found a new passion – … Listen Now…

361: 5 step online review process with Matt Hayman

  In this episode, we discuss why online reviews matter more today than ever before, The biggest mistakes restaurant owner make when it comes to online reviews, when the best times are to ask for a review, and the 5 step process to handling online reviews. Matt Hayman is a digital marketing expert based in … Listen Now…

360: Build cultures not concepts with Brooks Tanner

Chef Brooks Tanner Studied at Cornell University. Brooks is known for his underlining team building abilities and fiscal awareness. His passion is building concrete infrastructures to support high-quality services and educate those on how to waste less, be sustainable and eat well while financially building for their future. Today Chef Tanners serves as Executive Chef … Listen Now…

359: Learning from your mistakes with Jeffrey Lizotte

Raised in Simsbury, CT, Jeff Lizotte is a Cornell graduate whose culinary résumé includes experience at David Bouley’s Danube and Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin in New York City. During two years in France, he worked for Bordeaux’s La Tupina and the Michelin-starred La Bastide St. Antoine in Grasse. This past year Chef Jeff Lizotte was … Listen Now…

358: Fan Mail Friday #1 with Rudy Miick

Want access to my network of consultants? Email or direct message me your Q’s and I’ll get an expert on the show to answer them! eric@restaurantunstoppable.com or @ericcacciatore I’ve never claimed to have all the answer, but after 350 + interviews I guarantee you I know someone who does know the answer to your question. … Listen Now…