Talking the restaurant biz with award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Schlow

- Chef and restaurateur Michael Schlow is the man behind Cavatina in the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles, as well as several other restaurants across the country.

Schlow has competed on "Bravo's Top Chef Masters," made pasta with Jimmy Fallon and was even named “Best Chef in the Northeast” by the James Beard Foundation.

He started as a dishwasher at age 14, and after getting a baseball scholarship in college, decided instead to enroll in culinary school.

Throughout his career, Schlow has learned every position in the restaurant industry and now oversees a dozen restaurants and counting.

When it comes to implementing his values into a growing company, he says surrounding yourself with like-minded people is paramount to success.

Schlow aims to hire people of all different skill-sets, but says all need to be "happy people" who will excel in customer service.

He joined me on Olympic & Bundy to talk about the transformation of the restaurant industry in the age of the Internet (think Uber Eats, Yelp! and Open Table reservations) -- as well as his background in becoming a chef and restaurant owner.

Listen to the full episode on January 13!

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