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Collinsville, CT native, Jamie Bissonnette is a graduate of the Art Insitute of Fort Lauderdale. After cooking and eating around the nation and overseas, Bissonnette landed in Boston in 1999. After working around Boston, Bissonnette was recruited to help Garrett Hawker open Eastern Standard. Two years later Jamie was recruited by Ken Oringer to open KO Prime.  Oringer and Bissonnette partnered to develop Boston favorites Toro, Coppa, and Little Donkey.

Check out the first time Jamie joined RU back on episode 067!

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "PMA - Positive Mental Attitude."

In today's episode with Jamie Bissonnette we will discuss:

  • Importance of traveling for a chef
  • Importance of networking-beyond social media
  • Recognizing you're in a rut and getting yourself out
  • Pushing your staff to the right limit
  • Advice for staging
  • Just because you're a great chef doesn't mean you're a good manager
  • Anger in the kitchen
  • Partnerships
  • Patients
  • Self-awareness
  • Compassion
  • When your drive overtakes common sense
  • COVID-19

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Curiosity
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Curiosity
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Passion
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Give our staff a sense of purpose during COVID
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Be sincere
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Attention to detail with allergy protocols
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Check in with their staff
  9. Name one service you've hired.
  10. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced operations?
    • Avero - Unlock Your Restaurant's Potention
  11. 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?
    • Wear a mask
    • Wash your hands
    • Be fucking nice to each other

Contact info:

Instagram: @jamiebiss

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Huge thanks to Jamie Bissonnette for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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