Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

George Bezanson Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Chef/Partner of Earth's Harvest Kitchen, Chef George Bezanson. After years of traveling and cooking through Boston, New Hampshire, and Florida Chef George returned to Manchester, NH to open The Bridge Cafe, Mint Bistro, and Pressed Cafes. After a series of unfortunate events, Chef George made the conscious decision to step down from his leadership position to focus on his mental health.

Now living on the NH Seacoast, Chef George most recently was part of the Row 34 team in Portsmouth before joining Earth’s Harvest. Chef George is inspired by the farm-to-table vision that is becoming more prevalent in the culinary community and he wants to bring the quality of fine dining to everyday food.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • “You are the most important person.”

In today's episode with George Bezanson we will discuss:

  • Learning from a mentor instead of culinary school
  • Learning by failing early on as a chef
  • Learning how to gain respect instead of demanding it
  • The differences between chef and owner
  • Advice for young Sous/Executive chefs
  • Controlling costs
  • Writing menus
  • The responsibility of leaders
  • Start small
  • Partnerships
  • Importance of contracts
  • Making the decision to step down

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Stamina
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Insecurity
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Do you have a passion to do this?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • To stay inspired
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Respect and keep internal issues out of the eyes of the guest
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Clean
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
    • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
    • The French Laundry y Thomas Keller
  8. What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Offer health insurance
  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 influence operations?
    1. Toast Online Ordering
  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?
    • Experience, Spend time with your family, Take care of yourself mentally and physically

Contact info:

Earth's Harvest on Facebook

Earth's Harvest on Instagram: @earthsharvestkitchen

Thanks for listening!

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Huge thanks to George Bezanson for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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