Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Jeremy Mandrell and Anne Ng met while working for Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley, California. They have been baking together ever since. They honed their skills in different kitchens around the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to San Antonio in the summer of 2010. In 2011 they met entrepreneur Charlie Biedenharn who joined them in forming Bakery Lorraine. Today, they've scaled Lorraine to 5 locations and they've also opened a Donut shop, Maybelle's Donuts.

Check out The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out Square POS as mentioned in today's episode.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Mistakes stop here."
  • If there's any question, there's no question."

In today's episode with Jeremy Mandrell and Anne Ng we will discuss:

  • Lessons Jeremy took from culinary school
  • Commitment to excellence
  • From food science to food prep and cooking
  • Applying science to food
  • Maintaining a level of ridiculously high standards
  • How to attract great people to your organization
  • Defeating your own laziness
  • Getting your foot in the bakery door via farmer's markets
  • Proof of concept
  • How to develop regulars
  • Quality of quantity
  • Food trucks
  • 3-way partnerships are best
  • Pop-ups
  • Converting a condemned house into a bakery
  • Start where you can
  • The decision to close a shop NOT because it was losing money
  • Sexism in the industry
  • How have restaurants changed?
  • The future of the industry

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Anne: approachability
    • Jeremy: hard work
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Anne: stubborn
    • Jeremy: cookies
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • A team player, driven
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Keeping up with standards from staff and food
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Integrity, standing up for what you believe in, doing the right thing even when nobody is watching
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Discipline
  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?
    • Say thank you to your team
  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?
  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?
    • Always strive to be better
    • Never settle for anything less than the expectation
    • Don't lose yourself in your work

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Huge thanks to Jeremy Mandrell and Anne Ng for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

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