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835: Michael Chernow Founder of Seamore's and Kreatures Of Habit

Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Release Date: 10/11/2021

845: Corey Rosen founder of National Center for Employee Ownership show art 845: Corey Rosen founder of National Center for Employee Ownership

Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Corey Rosen is the founder and an active staff member of the , a private, nonprofit membership, information, and research organization in Oakland, CA. The NCEO is widely considered to be the authoritative source on broad-based employee ownership plans. He cofounded the NCEO in 1981 after working five years as a professional staff member in the U.S. Senate, where he helped draft legislation on employee ownership plans. Prior to that, he taught political science at Ripon College. He is the author or co-author of over 100 articles and numerous books on employee ownership, and co-author (with...

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With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Chef Andy Little. Chef Little came to Nashville in 2013 by way of central Pennsylvania where he grew up on traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. After realizing “orchestral musician” was not his career path, Little took up a server position to pay his way through school and discovered his love of the restaurant kitchen. Little graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and began his rising career in the industry first working under Patrick O’Connell at The Inn at Little Washington before a stint at Pennsylvania’s...

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  Working as a dish-washer all the way up to executive level management, Patrick has developed a service-centered style where knowledge, passion, and a drive to excel are paramount. After almost a decade of learning the trade by working in New York City, Patrick, bound to his North Carolina roots, moved his family back South and was hired as Butter NC’s General Manager. Under his leadership, Butter NC became established as the premier nightclub establishment in the Southeast and received numerous awards for excellence in service. Guided by his entrepreneurial spirit, Patrick was in...

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Brandon Styll started managing restaurants over 20 years ago. In 2005, Brandon stepped away from restaurant management to take on a more secure role as managing partner at Creation Gardens, a wholesale food distributor based in Louisville, Kentucky. Brandon quickly developed a reputation for being able to get chefs what they needed when they needed it, and was recruited by the produce distributor, Freshpoint. After six years with Freshpoint, Brandon was recruited once again by US Foods as a Territory Managers, before he was quickly promoted to District Sales Manager. In 2018, after 15 years...

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David Lizerbram is an attorney in private practice. He is also the host of , a podcast about the intersection of business + creativity. Products of the Mind is produced by Mana Monzavi. David was born in Philadelphia and raised in North County San Diego, California. After graduating from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television (now the School of Cinematic Arts) and USC’s Marshall School of Business, he received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. David speaks regularly about legal matters, and has presented on a legal education panel at San Diego...

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Mell Harrington is the Chef and Owner at in Kittery, Maine. Mel grew up working in the restaurant industry since the age of 15 & has never been happier. Most days you can find her in the garden planning dinner or in the kitchen making fresh pasta. Her love for food, travel & culture shines through in everything she does. Mel is currently working towards her sommelier certification, learning to speak Spanish & growing a garden. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join  and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the  Join the...

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Entrepreneur, restaurateur, and environmental advocate, Josh Kopel, was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Throughout his 20+ year career in food and beverage, he has managed venues ranging from the Alligator Bayou Bar, as well as the hottest Hollywood nightclubs, bars, and ultra-lounges. He went independent in 2010, opening his first concept Five0Four, in Hollywood, CA. Ten years later, he's created a family of brands ranging from Michelin-rated fine-dining to fast-casual, all with a central focus on Southern hospitality and Southern cuisine. Check out his website . Check out Josh's...

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Corey grew up in the industry as his parents owned fast casual restaurants in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he learned first hand the good, the bad and the ugly that comes with operating. In 2015, Corey joined New York City based Relay Delivery as the first employee, helping define the optimal delivery playbook used by hundreds of restaurants. Seeing a need in the market to further enhance the off-premise business model for restaurants, he co-founded in early 2018, New York's first ghost kitchen solution. Today, Zuul licenses their proprietary ghost kitchen technology, allowing restaurant...

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Matt Plapp is an AVID Marketer, CrossFitter, Author, Speaker, Consultant & Business Coach.  He's owned his since 2008 and since then he has helped hundreds of companies market with a purpose, that purpose is ROI!  Since 2016 they've changed their focus to restaurants and today they help restaurants all over the world with their ROI Engine marketing platform.  Matt's two books in the restaurant marketing field are, "" & "" and his third book comes out next week, titled "Restaurant Marketing That Works." Today we're here to talk about using marking to build a...

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On the eve of his 17-year milestone of sober living, Michael Chernow, the celebrated serial entrepreneur, restaurateur, fitness expert, and celebrity chef—who has spent more than a decade launching legacy dining destinations such as The Meatball Shop and Seamore’s—is taking a rest from restaurants to make healthy breakfasting habitual in his newest venture - Kreatures of Habit. Kreatures of Habit is a brashly branded functional food brand based on a positive daily habit, which Michael exclaims with an expletive, “helps people live their best fuckin’ lives.” Kreatures of Habit is a love letter to Chernow’s own mindful morning breakfast and triumphs over addiction. The PrOATagonist, the brand’s heroic inaugural product, combines plant-based protein (30g), gluten-free oats, and essential vitamins + minerals for an equally craveable and convenient breakfast. Prepped in less than 3 minutes, wellness-minded breakfasters have the option of enjoying The PrOATagonist in taste-bud tantalizing flavors such as Chocolate, Blueberry Banana, and Vanilla. A fellow podcast host at the helm of Born or Made, Michael Chernow, who has founded hospitality ventures The Meatball Shop and Seamore’s, appeared on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, Kitchen Casino, and Chopped, co-authored cookbooks, and landed magazine spreads for his Olympian-like physique, possesses a resume with marathon-like momentum. A poster child for how to live a life well-lived and reach business mogul status, Chernow adopted positive habits that allowed him to replace alcohol with nutrition and fitness and propel his ascent in the New York restaurant scene. In this next act, he takes on breakfast. Please let me know if you are interested in recording with Michael and learning more about Kreatures of Habit. Would love to connect the two of you! I’ve included a few more details below for reference. Thank you, Jordan Within a podcast interview, Michael can speak to the following aspects of his entrepreneurial and personal journey to excellence: The Sobering Truth - Explore how Michael’s recovery from addiction and how positive daily habits and small decisions made on a consistent basis from the beginning of the crux to his success in business and life. The Renaissance Restaurateur - In addition to his past culinary endeavors and upcoming Kreatures of Habit launch, Chernow hosts his own podcast, Born or Made, is an ambassador for Ten Thousand, Muy Thai boxer, a pro status men's physique bodybuilder as well as advisor at Two Hands and Find my Formula, an investor in Greenpoint Fish and Lobster, and husband and father of two young sons. My Morning Machinations - Wake up to Michael’s morning routine, which starts at 5:30am and includes technical training for marathons, bodybuilding, and boxing competition, mindfulness practices, and a self-created protein-backed oatmeal recipe, which laid the foundation of Kreatures of Habits’ The PrOATagonist. Pandemic Pivot - Hear firsthand how Michael conceptualized Kreatures of Habit after a decade in the restaurant world and why he believes the time is now for direct-to-your-doorstep functional food staples.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "The business of business is relationships and the foundation of relationships is trust."

In today's workshop with David Scott Peters we will discuss:

  • Partners
  • Business plans
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Meatballs
  • Surround yourself with people who can help you
  • QSR vs. full service

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Waking up at 5 AM
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Taking things personally
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Learning a new industry
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Looking for positive people
  5. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  6. What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Take time to celebrate the wins
  7. Name one service you've hired.
    • Bookkeeping
  8. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  9. If you got the news that you'd be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be?
    • Look people in the eyes and shake hands with a firm handshake
    • Ladies first
    • Remember people's names

Contact info:

Kreatures Of Habit website

Kreatures Of Habit social handles: @kreaturesofhabit

Seamore's social handles: @seamores

Meatball Shop social handles: @meatballers

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