Hi Everyone! Gabriel Soh here! Welcome to the Dinner Special podcast. I want to first apologize for being MIA. I know it’s been a while. Almost a year in fact, but it’s definitely been a process figuring out what to do and how to build on the 139 episodes. Thank you for sticking with me. You’re ah-mazing.
After toying with some ideas, I finally committed to one that I’d actually been thinking of and felt a true personal connection with for a looonng time. And in February, I decided to start telling people about it – like some of my Dinner Special podcast food heroes.
Everyone was super encouraging and so the work began!
Now you’re probably like, soooo what’s this awesome idea that you’ve been working on for the past 7 months?
Well, here goes, it’s an online conference that explores food gig opportunities and careers that can be started on a shoestring budget, to help explore greater creativity, feel more fulfilled, and earn (extra) income. And it’s called, the Food Boss Summit.
So this online conference is something really personal for me.
Over ten years ago, I worked my butt off through culinary school and graduated at the top of my class. Immediately afterwards, I started working at an acclaimed restaurant here in Vancouver, Canada. I felt on top of the world!
But I quit after just one season. I’ll save you the gory details but just say that restaurant kitchens may not be for everyone. Without know about alternative food careers, I abandoned my passion for food to climb a not-so-fulfilling corporate ladder. Don’t get me wrong, it paid the bills, and help me start and build my life as a grown-up, and it was comfortable. But something was always missing…
Two years ago, I started this podcast, The Dinner Special. It was through interviewing over 100 of the world’s top food bloggers, cookbook authors, teachers and food entrepreneurs that I learned about all the awesome passion projects, businesses, careers and gigs out there food lovers are chasing. Many of which can be started from home, on the side, and with a shoestring budget. This is what inspired me to put together the Food Boss Summit.
For anyone listening who doesn’t feel like you fit in working in commercial kitchens, if you’re feeling stuck in your 9-5 job, or maybe you’re a stay-at-home parent looking to start your own path. I totally get it. I’ve been there.
I get that you don’t have a ton of free time and your responsibilities suck a lot of your energy, which is why I’ve tried to make the Food Boss Summit as easy to follow as possible.
I’ve reached out to Mentor speakers who inspire me! They’re entrepreneurs who are “running their own race”, following their passion for food, and genuinely wanting to support you with their lessons learned, practical advice, and encouragement.
I spoke with 19 of them earlier this year and put together powerful interviews with tons of actionable tips and honest advice. It’s like 19 personal mentoring sessions streamed directly to you from September 19 to the 23rd. And I’m super pumped for you to watch it.
A little bit about the Food Boss Summit format, it’s 19 pre-recorded Mentor sessions. Each day, between September 19-23, 3 or 4 interviews will go live, and you will be able to watch each for 48 hours from the comfort of your own home. To have access you need to grab your free ticket at foodbosssummit.com. And that’s it! I will send you the links directly to your inbox, September 19-23, with each days’ new sessions.
Because you’re awesome, when you claim your free ticket, I’ll also forward you the 2017 Food Boss Summit Playbook. Where you’ll meet the speakers, learn more about their sessions, and they’ll share with you 19 simple actions you can take today for starting your dream food gig.
So now that you know about why I put together the Summit and what to expect, you’re probably wondering who these Mentors are! Well, they’re food writers, stylists, and photographers, pop-up and supper club hosts, specialty caterers, food product crafters, food media pros, workshop teachers, food tour leaders, and so much more…
Mentors range from being leaders in their industry for decades and having worked with Jamie Oliver and Donna Hay, there’s a 2-time James Beard Award winner, mentors who’ve been featured in Food & Wine, SAVEUR and the New York Times.
They are people who left successful careers outside of food to pursue something more fulfilling, and those who worked in the front-of-house of restaurants, and kitchens of Michelin-starred restaurants.
It’s a big range including Mentors who are newly committed to their gigs who are 1 or 2 years in… my goal was to bring together mentors from different industries to help you explore what their careers and businesses are like and Mentors at varying levels in their careers so things aren’t daunting and intimidating for anyone just starting out, and yet those with bustling careers already can also learn and gain valuable, practical guidance.
If you want to check out the complete list of Mentors, their sessions and the Summit schedule, it’s at foodbosssummit.com.
The Food Boss Summit is something I wish existed before I abandoned my food career. I wish I stumbled on something like this while I was working my corporate job.
I feel like I wasted so much time away from what I truly wanted to pursue, and I’m hoping that if you have even just the tiniest hint of wanting to start a food gig or follow a career in food that you’ll check out the Food Boss Summit.
I dare you to go grab your free ticket at foodbosssummit.com!
And if you have friends, family or coworkers who are food obsessed and dream of a creative, fulfilling food career, be sure to let them know about the Food Boss Summit, and make them star September 19-23 on their calendars!
If you’re on the fence, I get it, you can find more information on the website or hit me up anytime at foodbosssummit[at]gmail[dot]com if you have any questions.
Thanks so much for listening to me ramble on. It’s something super personal for me and I’m really excited (and a bit nervous) about putting it out there, but I really hope the Food Boss Summit will helpful for anyone wanting to explore greater creativity, feel more fulfilled, and earn (extra) income from their passion for food.
See you there!