#020: Chris Hill: Fixing Restaurant Challenges to Enjoy Ultimate Success

  • July 25, 2017
Chris Hill on a park bench

Chris Hill

With the restaurant business changing faster than ever,  and with so much interest generated by TV and food blogs, more people than ever before are being drawn to the food industry. For so many, dreams of running a successful kitchen seem farther and farther away.  Are you feeling discouraged, out of your depth, or just simply tired? You are not alone. Restaurants are a challenging industry, and luckily we have people like Chris Hill on the inside.

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Chris has a fresh take on the food industry with an eye towards the journey, rather than the final destination. He grew up in Atlanta, then went off to earn a Master’s in Marketing and landed a lucrative job in consulting, that he learned quickly was not making him happy.  Miserable after a year and a half, Chris made a 180° turn and followed his heart and passion into the world of cooking and opened his first restaurant at the age of 28 where he grew into the role of executive chef. Having taken his experiences in the corporate world, as well as those in the kitchen, Chris has built a large following centered around TV appearances all over  Southeast U.S,  published writer , 2 TEDx talks and his mission of helping industry workers to lead fulfilling successful careers. He regularly speaks and shares his work on Medium, much of which has gone viral, discussing topics such as restaurant leadership, overcoming failure and business/entrepreneurship.

Chris Hill mixing drinksIn this episode, Chris Hill discusses how he defines success and how to overcome challenges. The restaurant world might be changing fast, but Chris has the tools to help you tackle it!

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Show Highlights:

  • Chris jumped into restaurants at 18 but later realized his curiosity with food was his full-time passion.
  • A desire to learn how the whole operation, from the front to the back, functioned together.
  • What it takes to give a Ted Talk.
  • Chris’s 3 Principles for a fulfilling life.
  • Digging into the action steps of “the journey is better than the destination.”
  • Overcoming struggles in publishing and in life to turn them into possibilities.
  • Redefining success and looking at challenges as new opportunities.
  • The impact of TV and the Food Network on the Restaurant Business.
  • Tips for building up your restaurant staff.
  • Tapping into more “unconventional” ways to make money in the business.
  • Chris’s thoughts on trends in the dining industry.
  • The people that influenced and inspired Chris to grow.
  • How a Medium post went viral.


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