This week on Chef’s Story, Dorothy Cann Hamilton sits down with two of New York’s most interesting restauranteurs, visionaries and renegades – Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman, the men behind the highly successful Meatball Shop chain. From their early days scrapping and hustling at age 14 and working at various restaurants and bars across New York City to their present day reality as successful businessmen, hear their journey from start to finish. Listen in as they recall the early discussions that eventually led to the opening of the first Meatball Shop, which was wildly successful from the start. Hear about their trials, tribulations, expansion plans and the genesis of their vision and brand. This program was sponsored by Hearst Ranch.

“We were so lucky on so many levels when we opened up – because the economy was tough, [The Meatball Shop] was a date that you could afford.” [29:59]


“If you’re expanding and growing you have to dress for the job you want and plan ahead.” [41:59]

–Daniel Holzman of The Meatball Shop on Chef’s Story


“The general philosophy we use is put your staff first and everything else falls into place.” [39:33]


“Nobody is afraid of a meatball – you can drop one in front of anybody internationally and they know what it is.” [43:00]


–Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop on Chef’s Story