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When is the last time you thought about Guy Fieri? When is the last time you were completely and unequivocally wrong about someone based on how they look or how they carry themselves on a television show? He catches a lot of shit because of his persona, that he can be turned into an easy meme, or poke fun at because his appeal isn’t Michelin starred, it’s mom and pop. In reality, Guy Fieri is a reflection of the true America. If there was a hero that 2020 needed, it’s the Mayor of Flavortown.  You didn’t know it because you...

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@chef_rodney_117, career, chef, cleaver and blade, direction, food, kitchen, restaurant, restaurant business, Rodney Lienhart, service industry -

No matter what we say about it, a plate of food is art. You can’t get much simpler than that. Art is created from emotions. And flavors are a medium in which people who cook use to convey said emotions. Though these emotions aren’t always pleasant, we still endure them to further pursue our passion for our craft.  What we don’t see is that art is actually a painful experience to endure. Some make it out alive, while some aren’t as lucky. Despite what we go through, and the things that we have lost along the way, we always find...

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@chef_rodney_117, career, chef, cleaver and blade, customers, direction, food, kitchen, restaurant, restaurant business, Rodney Lienhart, service industry -

Follow along as I break down why I do what I do. Some might say that it’s a sort of redemption for past terrible acts; assume what you will about my past. The fact is, I’m pretty sure that it’s similar to yours. So, you really can’t point the finger much. We both made it farther than we thought. Keeping in mind the adage 'better late than never,' I know I for one can say that I now can see that I went about some things all wrong in my life. So instead of asking why I’m still here, I’ve...

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@chef_rodney_117, career, chef, cleaver and blade, culinary tales, customers, direction, food, kitchen, restaurant, restaurant business, Rodney Lienhart, service industry -

"How are you going to get home?" My date for the evening asked in a frantic panic. "I'm magic," I replied with a sneer in my voice. I'd had enough of this woman already and the night was young. I had so much more time to get in trouble before my shift started at noon the next day. Luckily, I was working the swing shifts and didn't have to come in and babysit the morning prep guys anymore. Once we got this new batch of prep cooks, I felt immediate relief, both for getting the backup we needed and because...

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When Anthony Bourdain strolled through the streets of Iran no one threw bottles at him. There were no parades of hijab-wearing terrorists clamoring for his blood. Instead, he was met with kindness, warmth, and love...

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