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Max Santiago Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Max Santiago is a native Floridian, where he attended culinary school after serving in the United States Air Force. Chef Max is uniquely skilled with over 27 years of experience in both award-winning fine dining restaurants and 5 Star, 5 Diamond hotels.

In the Fall of 2015 Chef Max felt it was time to begin a new chapter in his career, his first venture as a business partner was into the world of artisanal craft donuts! Where he was the cofounder, Executive Pastry Chef, and partner of The Salty Donut. It very quickly acquired huge success and notoriety drawing in massive crowds, and became a social media sensation!

In September of 2019, Chef Max stepped into his next venture, a partnership that created Batch the Cookie Company. Batch has been thriving with great success since first opening its doors in The Flagler Village neighborhood of Ft Lauderdale.

Batch location number 2 is soon to open in May 2021!

Chef Max is currently one of the top, sought after Consulting Donut Chef’s in the world. He has helped open 9 donut shops throughout different parts of the world to include: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Toronto, Portugal, Orlando, New York, Washington State, Davie, and Miami.

His new Donut Shop, named MAX’D OUT Artisanal Donuts by Chef Max Santiago, is set to open by the end of this year!

Check out Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less by Brian Tracy as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out Meez as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "You become rich and successful just working in the kitchen, you need to become a good businessperson."

In today's episode with Max Santiago we will discuss:

  • Specialty bakeries
  • Chefs don't taste their food enough
  • Cooking as an art
  • How it feels to be your own boss
  • Bakery work is the best for work/life balance
  • The importance of working in a hotel
  • Employee retention
  • Organization
  • Don't be closed-minded
  • Social media
  • Collaboration

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Quality of my product, I set trends instead of follow them
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Perfectionist
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Look for what I cannot teach, like personality
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Myself, good attitude ALWAYS
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Work smarter, not harder
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Be open with your entire staff
  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?
    • Working and knowing every station, happy workers make your product and customer service better
  9. Name one service you've hired
  10. 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?
    • Be a good person with a good heart and be generous
    • Be a good cook
    • Put time into the right relationships

Contact info:

Social handles: @chefmaxsantiago

OR @batchcookieco

Thanks for listening!

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Huge thanks to Maximo Santiago for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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