The Transition From Award-Winning Pastry Chef to Corporate Chef

About Bill Corbett

This week our podcast guest is Bill Corbett. Many people know him from his years working as a pastry chef with people like Sam MasonWylie DufresneLincoln CarsonMichael Mina, and Daniel Patterson. But he left the world of pastry behind and is currently the executive chef and head of culinary at Salesforce. Bill has been recognized as the Best Pastry Chef 2011 from San Francisco Magazine, and in 2013 he was selected as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine.

Strawberries, ricotta mousse, lemon cake, celery by pastry chef Bill Corbett
Strawberries, ricotta mousse, lemon cake, celery

On This Week’s Podcast

We talk about the transition from being a restaurant pastry chef, to overseeing Salesforce’s Ohana floor kitchens and barista programs across the company’s global towers. There are a lot of changes that come with a change like this. Bill discusses learning to be a better leader, and stepping away from the food.

We also talk about punk rock, and Brooks Headley, and hear about how the Killed by Dessert events came to be. If you’ve never heard of them, they were a series of collaborative dessert events he did with Christina Tosi, Lincoln Carson, Francisco Migoya, Michael Laiskonis, and Brooks Headley. If you’re a fan of pastry chefs, or want to hear about transitioning into the corporate food world, this episode’s for you. 

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Recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho

recipe for watermelon gazpacho
recipe for watermelon gazpacho

About Watermelon Gazpacho

This recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho comes from podcast guest Jonathan Bardzik, and is featured in Jonathan’s new cookbook Simple Summer: a recipe for joy and connection

From Jonathan: “10 years ago watermelon gazpacho became popular and nearly ubiquitous on summer restaurant menus here in the Mid-Atlantic. I often find them disappointing with the watermelon used as savory. Watermelon is a delicious fruit, but a pretty mediocre vegetable. This recipe lets the tomatoes shine with a pinch of salt, while the watermelon stars as a sweet, summer fruit brought out by honey and juiced to add liquid to the soup.”

Recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon gazpacho

Serves 6-8

Of all the recipes in this book, this is the one I am proudest of. I have served it at least 100 times since developing it and every time it garners raves. Salt brings out the tomato, and honey makes the watermelon pop. Leave out the watermelon juice, add some cumin and serve this as a salsa over fried fish tacos!

Ingredients:

4 cups finely diced watermelon plus 2 cups cut in 2” chunks

2 large tomatoes, finely diced, about 2 cups

1/2 red onion, diced

1/2 tsp lime zest

2 tbs lime juice

1/2 jalapeño, seeded and minced

2 tbs finely chopped basil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

2 tbs honey

Directions:

Mix together the 4 cups of finely diced watermelon with the tomato, onion lime zest, juice, jalapeño and basil. Stir together.

Press remaining 2 cups of large chunks of watermelon through a food mill or purée in a food processor and strain through a fine sieve to remove solids.

Add watermelon juice, vinegar and honey to soup. Season to taste with salt, pepper and additional honey, if needed.

If you make this soup ahead of time, check the seasoning again before serving. The watermelon and tomatoes will release more moisture and dilute the salt, vinegar and honey.

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Jonathan Bardzik

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The Joy Premium and How it Relates to Charging for Your Work – with Cook and Storyteller Jonathan Bardzik

The Joy Premium and How it Relates to Charging for Your Work - with Cook and Storyteller Jonathan Bardzik

About Jonathan Bardzik

This week my guest is Jonathan Bardzik. He’s a storyteller, cook, and author. He’s a performer, speaking and cooking for private and corporate audiences, creating customized experiences that build connection. He’s appeared with more than 900 audiences, been on the TedX stage, written 4 books, and his new television series, Jonathan’s Kitchen: Seasons to Taste recently debuted on Revry. His work has been covered by USAToday, The Washington Post, and Food Network Magazine. Overcoming hurdles, including once setting the Christmas dinner table on fire, Jonathan celebrates 10 years in business this month.

quinoa tower by chef jonathan bardzik

On This Week’s Podcast

On the show, we talk about how he started his cooking and speaking career, and he shares his advice on how you can start too. We discuss why he wanted to write cookbooks, and some tips for those listeners who might want to do the same. We talk about his new TV show, and improvisation while speaking and cooking. Jonathan also explains what the joy premium is, and how it’s related to charging for your work. How much joy does a dinner bring you? If you’re excited about an event, maybe you’d be ok with charging less. If it seems like the client might be challenging, and this is just a transactional event, you’d better get that money. What are your thought’s?  Feel free to comment on Facebook, Instagram or shoot me a DM or email.

washington dc chef jonathan bardzik cooking at the farmer's market

And next week is episode 100. I think this is quite the milestone. The episode will still be about food, but my guest is an actor whose resume includes the TV show Cobra Kai. Intrigued? Come back next week.

tacos by chef jonathan bardzik

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Keys to Running a Successful Personal Chef Business – Earl Arnette III of Steez Catering

chef earl arnette III of steez catering in baltimore
chef earl arnette III of steez catering in baltimore on running a successful personal chef business

About Earl Arnette III and This Week’s Podcast

On this week’s podcast I have Earl Arnette III. He is the chef and owner of Steez Catering, a personal chef and catering business based out of Baltimore, Maryland.  This is one of our “Meet a Member” episodes. You’ll learn about his business, and we discuss topics like going to culinary school, what he wished he knew before starting a business, and mentors.

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This week’s show sponsor is Olive & Basket. For a wide variety of olive oils, vinegar, spices, sauces, and gourmet food items, visit their website Oliveandbasket.com to have their products shipped to your door. Use discount code CHEF20 for 20% off your order.

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Earl Arnette III – Steez Catering

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A Conversation with Daniel Gritzer, Culinary Director of Serious Eats – Part 2

daniel gritzer, culinary director of serious eats

About Daniel Gritzer and This Week’s Podcast

On this week’s podcast, I have part one of my conversation with Daniel Gritzer, Culinary Director of Serious Eats.  I’ve big a big fan of Serious Eats and The Food Lab for a while, and love the work that Daniel, Kenji, Stella Parks, and crew have been doing there. This episode went long. Daniel and I spoke for 3 hours on a Sunday night, and I have about 2 hours of finished audio. I was trying to decide how much to leave in. Because this episode is for the cooking nerds, I wanted to leave almost everything in, so this is part two of two. Part one aired last week, and it’s linked here

On this episode we discuss, scaling recipes, cooking on a boat, the original pepper used in Romesco sauce, atole, and being thoughtful when developing recipes. We also tackle the controversial topic of Maryland crab cakes and Old Bay. Where do you stand on the topic?

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