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@literallyrobertdean, austin, career, chef, culinary tales, direction, food, kitchen, love, restaurant, restaurant business, Robert Dean, texas -

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, drinks, food, kitchen, love, restaurant, restaurant business, Rodney Lienhart, service industry -

Watching the friends and family that I’ve made over the course of my career succumb to the relentless onslaught of this frenzied backpedaling and fear mongering from the people who said that we’d be ok. After trusting what they told us to do, we all lost our jobs and livelihoods.  This made me think back to be a child in the hills of Tennessee. The first place in my life where there was something that only a few claims to have seen but caused me to freeze with fear. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would have...

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@chef_rodney_117, career, chef, customers, drinks, food, kitchen, love, restaurant, Rodney Lienhart, service industry -

            Never in a million years would any business owner imagine that they would have to let their entire staff go due to an invisible enemy. No one can stop it, or escape it. Nevermind trying to plan for something like this. Now all we can do is attempt to prepare for the fight of our lives. We as grunts in the kitchen often are faced with many types of hindrances in our lives, but nothing can compare to unforeseen disaster. How do you do prep for no asses in seats? No dining room to look out to through the...

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