Getting Fired, Dealing with Anxiety, and Silver Linings

chef chris spear on being fired and dealing with anxiety

On This Week’s Podcast

This week is a solo episode (find it here). I discuss the time I was fired from a job and the subsequent anxiety that I experienced due to that. It took a long time before I came to terms with the whole experience. But there was also a silver lining… It ultimately led to me starting my own personal chef business, and this community. If you’ve been fired, or if you’re a hiring manager, I’d love for you to listen to this episode. If you have feedback, you can get in touch by contacting me on one of the platforms listed below.

This Week’s Sponsors

Sponsor- The United States Personal Chef Association
While the pandemic certainly upended the restaurant experience, it provided an avenue for personal chefs to close that dining gap.  Central to all of that is the United States Personal Chef Association. Representing nearly 1,000 chefs around the US and Canada, USPCA provides a strategic backbone for those chefs that includes liability insurance, training, communications, certification, and more. 

One of the upcoming events for USPCA is their annual conference scheduled for July 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, FL. Featuring speakers and classes, the conference allows chefs to hone their skills and network with like-minded business people, and is open to all chefs in the industry.

For those who supply the industry, it’s a chance to reach decision-makers and the buyers of products. Chefs Without Restaurants listeners can use promo code CWR50 to save $50 on registration. Please contact Angela at aprather@uspca.com for information on becoming a member, attending the conferences, or exhibiting. 

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Right now, you can use discount code VOSTEED15 to get 15% off your order. Go to the Vosteed store on Amazon to order yours now. Check out the Vosteed websiteInstagram page and Facebook group.

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Running a Successful Food Truck Business

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About Jerrod Cline and Bub-B-Que

On this week’s podcast, we’re joined by Jerrod Cline of Bub-B-Que, a food truck based in Frederick, Maryland. Jerrod was the 2nd guest we had on the podcast way back in Dec 2019. The food world, and the world in general, has changed so much in two years. I wanted to get Jerrod back on the show and hear how things have changed for him.

Smoked Brisket

On This Week’s Podcast

From rising food costs to pivoting, we talk about running a food truck in the year 2022. Jerrod talks about how he’s changed his menu, and what he thinks about competition. He discusses some tricks to keeping his food cost in check, and how he keeps the money coming in during the cold winters.

This Week’s Sponsors

If you’re interested in grits, corn meal, and corn flour that are both delicious and nutritious, check out Professor Torbert’s Orange Corn.   All of their products are non-GMO, gluten free and vegan. Their orange corn is helping fight micronutrient deficiencies in more than 10 African countries. So, when you choose Professor Torbert’s you aren’t just saying yes to better flavor. You’re also helping deliver better nutrition on a global scale. When ordering on their website, use discount code CHEFS10 to save 10%.

Looking to hire employees for your restaurant? This week’s sponsor is Savory Jobs, a job site only for restaurants. For just $50, get unlimited job postings for an entire year. Use discount code SAVORY10 to save 10%.

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Jerrod Cline on Episode 7 of the Chefs Without Restaurants Podcast

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The Chefs Without Restaurants Podcast – Episode 83 From NFL Cheerleader to Pop-Up Chef – Masako Morishita Brings Japanese Comfort Food to Washington D.C. with Her Pop-Up Restaurant Otabe

From NFL Cheerleader to Pop-Up Chef - Masako Morishita Brings Japanese Comfort Food to Washington D.C. with Her Pop-Up Restaurant Otabe

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On this week’s podcast, I speak with Masako Morishita. Originally from Kobe, Japan, Masako’s family has owned and operated a bar and restaurant there for 90 years, and food has always been a part of her life, though she never worked as a cook. Growing up, she was interested in dancing and cheerleading, and in 2013 she moved to Washington D.C. to be a NFL cheerleader for the Washington Football Team (formerly, the Redskins), and was even a captain in her fifth year.

She has always enjoyed cooking at home, and would regularly cook for her friends. Not able to find the food she grew up eating, in 2019 she decided to start Otabe, a pop-up in Washington D.C. that focuses on Japanese comfort food, which she hopes to turn into a more permanent endeavor. 

We talk about moving to, and touring the world with the NFL, the future of Otabe, a few of her favorite cookbooks, and of course, Japanese cooking including okonomiyaki, dashi and cooking with donabe.

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The Chefs Without Restaurants Podcast – Episode 79 Culinary Instructor April DuBose – Teaching, Nostalgia and the Loneliness of Entrepreneurship

The Chefs Without Restaurants Podcast – Episode 79 Culinary Instructor April DuBose - Teaching, Nostalgia and the Loneliness of Entrepreneurship

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On the Chefs Without Restaurants podcast this week I have chef April DuBose. She’s currently the culinary director and instructor at Baltimore Outreach Services in Baltimore, Maryland, a nonprofit shelter for women and their children. The culinary arts training program there is eight weeks long, and focuses on basic cooking and kitchen skills, as well as sanitation food safety. It prepares women for the basic skills needed for employment in a kitchen at the prep cook level. 
Previously, April was a culinary instructor at Lincoln Culinary where she received the presidents excellence award for instruction, and she was the culinary teacher of the year. She’s also been a forklift driver and bounty hunter. 


In our discussion we talk about teaching, internships and staging, comfort food and nostalgia, sharing recipes, and the loneliness of entrepreneurship. 
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The Chefs Without Restaurants Podcast – Episode 75 Ryan Dumapit – When Passion Doesn’t Pay The Bills

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Welcome to the Chefs Without Restaurants podcast. I’m your host Chris Spear. On the show, I have conversations with culinary entrepreneurs, and people in the food and beverage industry who took a different route. They’re caterers, research chefs, personal chefs cookbook authors, food truckers, farmers, cottage bakers and all sorts of culinary renegades. I myself fall into the personal chef category, as I started my personal chef business Perfect Little Bites 10 years ago. And while I started working in kitchens in 1992, surprisingly, I’ve literally never worked in a restaurant.

On this weeks show I have Ryan Dumapit. He has a degree in pastry arts, and food service management. But Ryan doesn’t have a singular path in the food industry. In fact, he also went to school for IT, and has worked for a point of sale company, as well as a fitness company. We talk about many of the positions he’s held including being a district manager for a contract food service company, and working logistics for a large grocery chain. He also partnered with a mutual friend of ours on a catering project called called Fil Amazing Foods, and has his own desserts company called CaSey B’s. Unfortunately, due to the Covid pandemic, both of these ventures have been put on hold for a while. 

Ryan is a first generation Filipino American, so we talk about Filipino food, and his experience growing up. He also talks about about job choices, and the struggle of doing something you love for career, vs having a job that can pay the bills.

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