Some of the most closely guarded secrets in the world are food recipes. (Take a certain “military” man’s zeal at protecting that combination of 11 herbs and spices for over 85 years. That’s dedication.) There are, however, other types of professional recipes that are common knowledge, but they’re challenging to execute properly. That’s where David Scott Peters, the founder of, lives.

“If you don’t have passion, you’re out. If you do, you’re gonna learn some expensive lessons, but you’re ultimately there to take care of the guests and that’s going to bring you success,” Peters said. On today’s podcast, our host spoke and Peters discussed finding just the right balance of social and professional energy in a restaurant, how low unemployment affects the industry, and how a relatively recent social behavior complicates staffing.

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