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Jarrett Stieber is the Chef and Owner of Little Bear in Atlanta, GA. Jerrett's interest in cooking began when he was 15 years old while watching cooking shows on TV. Throughout high school, he worked in restaurants. After leaving college in Asheville, NC, he entered culinary school where he did an internship at Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta, and continued working there after graduation. He worked at famed restaurant Abattoir and says he grew the most as a professional chef at The Empire, where he worked and learned until he left in 2013. He then began working a pop up with his friends who were doing the same thing, but with coffee. The coffee business eventually left him alone in his pop up, called Eat Me Speak Me, where he worked for 7 years until he finally opened his first restaurant, Little Bear, in 2020. Little Bear survived the pandemic through successfully  pivoting to take-out. Today, Little Bear is thriving in Atlanta.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Trust your gut."

In this episode with Jerrett Stieber we will discuss:

  • Culinary school
  • Butchery
  • Toxic kitchen culture
  • Mentors
  • Pop ups
  • Partnerships

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Goofiness
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Goofiness, or working too much
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Are you an asshole?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Wednesday-Thursday before 7PM reservations
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Don't be an asshole
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Answering dumb questions
  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 influenced operations?
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Pay their staff well
  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?
    • Trust your gut
    • Don't be an asshole
    • It's just food



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Huge thanks to Jarrett Stieber for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

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