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CAFE Talks Podcast

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The Center for Advancement of Foodservice Education, where our mission is to: “Connect the Foodservice Industry with the Foodservice Classroom.”CAFÉ is the most dynamic resource for those who TEACH, TRAIN, MENTOR, IDEATE, INTERACT WITH, ADVISE, AND CHALLENGE students of the culinary arts.  With near… read more

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CAFE ep.50 - You Never Know

June 15th, 2022


What lays ahead, what will your future bring, where might you wind up? From those early days of washing dishes or the first opportunity to work on a kitchen line, there is a spark of wonder and loads of trepidation …

CAFE Ep.49 - Finding Life's Purpose

June 1st, 2022


Self-confidence derived from a set of tangible skills, appreciation for teamwork, an outlet for creativity, and careers that allow any individual to be all that he or she can be - this is what the professional kitchen …

CAFE Ep 48 - A Servant's Heart - Family First

May 18th, 2022


Be humble, work with your employees, know that each person is just as important as the next, build trust through your brand, and make sure that you …

CAFE Ep47 - The Impact of Food on Learning

May 4th, 2022


Find your purpose, align with your passion, think that you can make a difference and you just might. As chefs and educators, we have a desire to discover what we were meant to do and how what we do might just make a …

CAFE Ep 46 - Team Diversity and Development

April 20th, 2022


“WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WORK HERE?” This, to Chef Joe Faria of Quail Valley River and Golf Club is a very important question to ask. “It is my job to …

CAFE Ep.45 -Facing the Admissions Challenge

April 6th, 2022


Matching the right student to your culinary program, opening the door to the possibilities of a bright future in food, setting the stage for …

CAFE Ep.44 - Teaching, Training & Life-long Learning

March 23rd, 2022


There is no greater calling, there is no task more important, and there is no objective more rewarding for a chef than to teach, train, and mentor. Chefs spend their careers, sometimes unknowingly, helping others build …

CAFE Ep.43 - Problem Solving Through Mindful Leadership

March 9th, 2022


Oftentimes management is viewed as a controlling process - a way to get a job done through other people where to lead is to inspire, and to set a …

CAFE Ep.42 - A Farm with a Restaurant

February 23rd, 2022


Some may speak of Farm to Table, but a few chefs truly live the concept. An appreciation for the work of the farmer is a great first step, but …

CAFE Ep.41 - The Power of Service

February 9th, 2022


Quality, Trust, and Service - these are the hallmarks of success in any business. In the restaurant field these hallmarks are measured each day, by every customer and every employee. For the business to succeed, these …

CAFE Ep.40 - A Sous Vide Future

January 26th, 2022


Change is a challenging word. We all can recognize the need for change and even understand what might be needed but embracing and executing that …

CAFE Ep.39 - Reading Tea Leaves

January 13th, 2022


When have you ever enjoyed a cup of tea in a restaurant and said: “That was excellent”? Years ago, the same could be said for coffee; but awareness, …

CAFE Ep.38 - 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

December 15th, 2021


From beer making hobbyist who intended to pursue a graduate degree in finance to owner/operator of two and soon to be three successful restaurant …

CAFE Ep.37 - Curiosity and Creativity

December 1st, 2021


Few things are more invigorating than an idea, an invention or re-invention, a spark of a concept that keeps you up at night – thinking, a problem …

CAFE Ep.36 - Tell me, show me, engage me

November 17th, 2021


Set the stage for building competence and confidence – this is one of the most important outcomes of a culinary education. Create experiences that …

CAFE Ep.35 - Finding Balance - Bees and Flies

November 3rd, 2021


Dishwasher to Club Chef, working for Charlie Palmer and David Burke, to Executive Chef for all food operations at Syracuse University – a chef’s …

CAFE Ep. 34 - In Pursuit of Excellence

October 20th, 2021


From baking cookies with his grandmother to becoming a Subway sandwich artist and on to chef/owner of Soigne Hospitality with a portfolio of …

CAFE Ep.33- It's All About the Ingredients

October 6th, 2021


Rainier cherries in mid-June, salmon from the Columbia River, morels, and boletes from deep in the Oregon forests, heirloom tomatoes brought to …

CAFE Ep.32- The Teacher's Calling

September 22nd, 2021


What keeps you up at night and what pushes you to jump out of bed in the morning? Is it angst over work left undone, or projects on the horizon that you are not sure how to approach? Or…is it that next great idea and …

CAFE Ep 31- One Cook at a Time

September 8th, 2021


Chef to entrepreneur, entrepreneur to trainer, trainer to teacher, teacher to innovative leader – thus is the career track for Chef Warren Leigh. …

CAFE Talks Ep.30- Farm, Family, Passion, Career, Life

July 28th, 2021


One of America’s most inspiring destinations is tucked away in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Blackberry Farm has grown to represent the very best in farm to table, sustainable practices, appreciation for the land, …

CAFE Talks Ep. 29- The Life-Changing International Experience

July 14th, 2021


Do we tend to discount and fear what we don’t know? Are untapped experiences a gap in real learning? The Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) …

CAFE Talks Ep. 28- Excellence is a Team Effort

June 30th, 2021


Moving the bar from good to great is driven by a commitment to building a team, engaging their thoughts, and aligning everyone with the concept of excellence in everything they do. Great is not a destination, but …

CAFE Talks Ep.27- The Legend of Auguste Escoffier

June 16th, 2021


“Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.” This was the core of Chef Auguste Escoffier’s beliefs and the basis by which he established standards of organization, conduct, and excellence in cooking. Michel …

CAFE Talks Ep.26- The Cuisine of the Sun

June 2nd, 2021


Growing up in the home of Chef Roger Verge and his wife Denise – Cordelia Verge was likely unaware, at an early age, just how influential her parents were. The “Cuisine of the Sun” or the new style of French cooking …

CAFE Talks Ep.25- Work Ethic - Making the Commitment

May 19th, 2021


Club and resort chef in quality, high –volume kitchens to classrooms preparing the next generation of cooks – Chef Pliska has always wanted to be in …

CAFE Talks Ep.24- Branding your Culinary Program

May 5th, 2021


Carpenter or chef – the choices were there and a chance visit to a culinary classroom solidified his decision. Frank Costantino loved cooking since …

CAFE Talks Episode 23- A Master Chef's Perspective

April 21st, 2021


From a young teenage boy in Detroit riding his Stingray bike to that first job as a dishwasher to one of America’s extraordinary Certified Master Chefs – Dan Hugelier talks about his journey. Those humble beginnings of …

CAFE Talks Ep.22- The Healing Power of Food

April 7th, 2021


An accomplished restaurant and resort chef, former executive chef for the enormously complex Opryland Hotel, leader of the Culinary Team at London’s …

CAFE Talks Ep.21- Making a Difference

March 24th, 2021


Food Truck Entrepreneur to serial restaurateur opening Mission Chinese in San Francisco and New York, operator of what Bon Appetit called one of the 10 Best New Restaurants, and one of the most important restaurants in …

CAFE Talks Ep 20- The Foundations Open Many Doors

March 10th, 2021


Sometimes it’s a spark of interest at an early age, for others it may come late in life – but many young cooks experience that a’ha moment when it becomes clear that a career in the kitchen is just the ticket for them. …

CAFE Talks Ep.19- Breaking Bread

February 24th, 2021


Ah… artisan bread – such a gift, such an incredible statement of craftsmanship, such an important part of the human experience. Those who work with the four primary ingredients of bread: flour, salt, water and yeast …

CAFE Talks Ep.18- A Pastry Chefs Last Impression

February 10th, 2021


A touch of chocolate, the crunch of a tuile cookie, some fresh fruit, crème anglaise on the plate, and a quenelle of mocha gelato – this is an …

CAFE Talks Ep. 17- On the Threshold of a Dream

January 27th, 2021


Every chef has the dream of entrepreneurship, yet only a few are willing and able to take the leap. Regardless - the dream remains alive throughout a chef’s career. Those who are able to bring their dream to fruition …

CAFE Talks Ep. 16- You can't cook what you don't really know

January 13th, 2021


That simple dish that your grandmother made – a dish likely passed down from her grandmother is more than just a memory. That dish reflects an …

CAFE Talks Ep 15- Team Building Through Competition

December 30th, 2020


When a person has that a’ha moment, you know that moment when he or she thinks: “This is what I was meant to do with my life”. At that moment there is a rush of adrenaline that provides the fuel for a sense of purpose. …

CAFE Talks Episode 14- One Cup at a Time

December 16th, 2020


Coffee is the universal elixir, the beverage that keeps our personal motors running, a boost of energy or a soothing friend, the start to our day and the end to a great meal – coffee is an integral part of our every …

CAFE Talks Ep.13 Kirsten Sutaria- Creativity from Life Experience

December 2nd, 2020


The food industry provides limitless opportunities for careerists – opportunities that are incredibly diverse. As you walk through your local grocery outlet or browse through that vendor’s catalog of ingredients at a …

CAFE Talks Episode 12 Jeremiah Tower- The Last Magnificent

November 18th, 2020


We all have an opportunity to make a difference or as Steve Jobs once said: “Make a dent in the universe”. Some of us work hard at pushing change and …

CAFE Talks Ep.11 Kevin O'Donnell- The Attributes that we should be nurturing

November 4th, 2020


A systems advocate throughout his career – Kevin O’Donnell has taken his career from convention center management to high-end hotels, a Sun Valley exclusive dude ranch to elegant New England country inns, and busy co-op …

CAFE Talks Ep.10 Peter Sproul- The Educational Experience

October 21st, 2020


A highly successful chef chooses a different direction – a chance to give back, to be a mentor for others, to open eyes and open doors – to teach. …

CAFE Talks Ep.09 Jon Deutsch- Changing the world - one student at a time

October 7th, 2020


A seasoned chef, Ph.D. in food studies, culinary educator, program administrator, research chef, sustainability advocate, and food waste warrior – …

CAFE Talks Episode 08 Dolf DeRovira- Name That Flavor

September 23rd, 2020


Flavor is that elusive key that opens up the experience of eating, it is something that chefs spent their careers in search of, food manufacturers …

CAFE Talks Ep07 Jack Edwards- The Wine Experience

September 9th, 2020


The experience of dining would not be complete without a great, appropriately matched bottle of wine. What goes into the production of that bottle is …

CAFE Talks Ep. 06 Bob Eckert- Unlearning Comes First

August 26th, 2020


Thinking creatively is natural during youth and not so much so as we age. Factors including group dynamics, the structure of formal education, peer critique, and fear of being scorned for thinking outside the norm – …

CAFE Ep. 05 Keith Taylor- Cooking with Soul

August 12th, 2020


From his early days growing up in New Jersey within a family deeply rooted in great cooking, Chef Keith Taylor loved everything about the kitchen. Visits to New York City restaurants with his uncle and alignment with …

CAFE Talks Ep. 04 Jack Uldrich- Planning for Tomorrow

July 29th, 2020


What will tomorrow bring? This is a question that keeps many people awake at night. How do I prepare for what is uncertain - is it possible to really plan ahead? Jack Uldrich is a future thinker – a person whom many …

CAFE Talks Ep.03 Drew Nieporent-The Era of the Restaurateur

July 15th, 2020


Since the early days of America’s great restaurants it has been the restaurateur – the person with the extended hand, warm smile, great stories, …

CAFE Talks Ep. 02 John Folse- You cook what you are

July 1st, 2020


Born with his feet planted firmly in the soil of Louisiana and the swampland of the Bayou, John Folse grew to become Louisiana’s worldwide ambassador …

CAFE Talks Ep. 01 Mary Petersen- How it Began

June 30th, 2020


Although not a chef, Mary has been involved with setting standards for a chef’s educational experience as well as providing ongoing experiences …

CAFE Talks

May 20th, 2020


The Center for Advancement of Foodservice Education, where our mission is to: “Connect the Foodservice Industry with the Foodservice Classroom.”CAFÉ is the most dynamic resource for those who TEACH, TRAIN, MENTOR, …

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