Miguel Garcia: Stories From The Front Of House

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Miguel Garcia is as humble as they come but this soft spoken man has heaps of talent and his trajectory is one we will all want to keep an eye on. With a passionate Latin background, Miguel's association with all things food and all things hospitality is naturally in his blood. As he describes so eloquently stories of his Mom’s simple yet inspiring dishes that she whips up from nothing, I can’t help but get intrigued by the lens at which Miguel sees food and sees this space. His humble nature has allowed for him to establish himself as a voice in this industry and work his way up so that he can impart his wisdom and passion on others, in particular the younger generation. His decision to evolve himself and his craft is something that all of us in his community will benefit from. If you don’t know Miguel, you won’t want to miss this podcast, and if you do know Miguel, this podcast will likely only cement for you the many reasons why you appreciate him and what he does.


  • How to be open to change in this industry

  • Why listening to the public can be tough but is so key

  • The true power of food and conversation

  • Why keeping your body, mind, and soul healthy should be a priority in this space

  • How to go with your gut without being reckless



“Whether it be a hard day at work, or just a lunch with a friend, it is those times were it is the most valuable.”  (4:04)

“I think that one thing that we can do is teach these young people that come in a sense of work ethic and responsibility. ” (22:00)

“Those moments is how I connect with the team here, and keeping it light.” (36:00)

“Get a part time job that just barely pays the bills”  (42:30)

“It forces you to take away all of the crap, and focus on what’s meaningful for yourself.”” (51:53)


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Como Taperia

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Melbourne, Australia

Earls Restaurants

Philosophy Critical Thinking Class

Pintxo Bars

Host Your Own Podcast

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Vanessa Pollock: Working To Create Mindful Hospitality

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Vanessa Pollock is a gift to this industry and she’s working with her clients to help facilitate true hospitality. In 2006 Vanessa simply wanted to help other members of this industry and she’s done so with her company. Through training and coaching, Vanessa and her team have established themselves as true voices in the hospitality space and they work tirelessly to move this industry along in a positive direction. Vanessa creates and facilitates key resources that are used by her clients to keep them ahead of the game and work through most, if not all of the challenges that this industry throws at us. Like so many in this space Vanessa has taken a true passion for all things food & people and turned it into a business. It just so happens that this business truly builds this industry up, and her work is making this space stronger and more prepared for those inevitable challenges ahead.


  • How to positively impact the hospitality industry

  • Why annual training programs are useful

  • When to engage a client and when to let them go

  • What are the issues in her local market

  • How to work with teams and dynamic personalities



“Essentially we are helping people to navigate their careers to make it a sustainable career for them.”  (3:26)

“Brisbane, I am in Queensland, is vastly different to Sydney and Melbourne.” (14:21)

“You might not have two hours at the table with those customers, you still have the entry point, you’ve got when they walk in the door.” (20:14)

“I think if we can make our staff feel some sort of ownership for the venue that they are in, then they will understand that this person is coming in to your venue.”  (35:44)

“Danny Meyer’s book, SETTING THE TABLE, I haven’t read it in a while, but I’ve read it a number of times..” (46:09)


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Sydney, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

Setting The Table

Eleven Madison Park

Food Connect

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A Deep Seeded Love For This Industry w/ Christian Alvarez of Vancouver Chefs

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An undeniable passion for food and a keen eye for talent has lead Christian Alvarez to create a platform to celebrate those who he admires and respects so much. Creator of Vancouver Chefs, a local pop-up dinner series that is married with a unique theme each and every time, Christian has become a massive supporter of the Vancouver dining scene. Christian’s keen eye is also frequently loaned out to his work on his LIFE ON THE LINE photography series that sees him snapping very real photos of some of the cities brightest talents doing what they do best. A photographer, a music junky, a DJ and a producer Christian Alvarez could have seemingly chosen any artistic outlet. We are extremely lucky that he has aligned with food. Christian is humble, well spoken, an absolute encyclopedia of food knowledge and an all around good dude. Here’s to celebrating people like Christian who take their time to help this industry along, and all of those that are so invested in it.


  • How Christian defines hospitality

  • Why he is so passionate about food

  • His incredible pop up dinner series

  • Why he finds inspiration in music when it comes to food

  • His extremely original “Half A Dozen Have To’s”



“It depends if you’re talking about the world's best restaurants, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a number of those.”  (3:20)

“I think as a business, on the whole, Vancouver does a pretty good job with hospitality.” (6:31)

“Chefs that I very much admire, and getting them to cook a cohesive menu and collaborate. For me that’s what’s really rewarding.” (16:04)

“Music is always a big theme with the dinners, they go hand in hand.”  (30:52)

“If you can make it happen for yourself, and you love this industry, and you want to see the best of the best so to speak. Jump on a plane and go to one of those restaurants...” (48:30)


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Delecto Records

Vancouver Chefs

Nipsey Hustle


Notorious B.I.G

Mikey Robbins

Eva Chin

Royal Dinette

Dominique Crenn

Daniel Mcgee

Anthony Bourdain


House Music

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