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Chef Joe Frillman is the Owner and Executive Chef of Daisies in Chicago, IL. Joe's first job in the industry was as a food runner when he was in high school. He fell in love with the industry during that very first job. After graduating from college, Joe decided he wanted to become a chef. He went to culinary school in Chicago, and then in 2008 helped open The Bristol in Chicago. Later, in 2010, he travelled through Europe and ended up working in a restaurant in London. He returned and helped open Perennial Virant and Balena with the Boca Restaurant Group in Chicago. In 2015, he took time off to focus on consulting and finally, in 2017, he opened his restaurant, Daisies, in Chicago.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "If you're not having fun, you should be doing something else."

In this episode with Joe Frillman we will discuss:

  • Work/life balance
  • Culinary school thoughts
  • Burnout
  • Checklists
  • The industry now vs. how it was in 1999
  • Italian cuisine
  • Farming
  • Service charges

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Tenacity
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Letting things go
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • What's your favorite color?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Labor
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Don't be a dick
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Hello and Goodbye to every single customer
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Spend time with their team
  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?
    • Have fun
    • Work hard
    • Take time for yourself




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Huge thanks to Joe Frillman for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

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