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LA Chef Conference: Brad Metzger and Sherry Yard

Episode: 368

Today on our episode #368 of All in the Industry,®, Shari Bayer has two guests joining her from Los Angeles. First, Brad Metzger, who founded his company BMRS (Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions), in 2003; a premier Hospitality Recruitment and Placement Firm with 7 Associates, representing many of the most successful restaurants, celebrity chefs and hotels in Southern California and around the US. In 2010, he pioneered the concept of the Test Kitchen which was a first for the recruiting industry, and in 2018, Brad founded the LA Chef Conference, which is a premier industry conference on the West Coast, taking place on Monday, October 30th at the LA Trade-Tech’s Culinary Arts Pathway in LA. And second, Sherry Yard, a Brooklyn-born, nationally acclaimed chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, teacher, and presenter, who’ innovative and uncompromising approach has garnered three James Beard Awards and an induction into their Who’ Who of Food & Beverage in America, among other accolades. Sherry’ career includes working with the Wolfgang Puck empire for nearly 20 years, encompassing the crafting of masterful breads, creating menus, and opening new restaurants while simultaneously mentoring an entire generation of chefs around the world. Her current company, Bakery by the Yard, is a made-to-order and pop-up bakery celebrating everyday and holidays, and Sherry is participating in this year’s LA Chef Conference. 

Shari will be be attending the LA Chef Conference for a book signing with her new book, CHEFWISE 1 Life Lessons from Leading Chefs Around the World (Phaidon, Spring 2023, #chefwisebook), with local Now Serving book store. For all of the conference details, go to lachefconference.com. Today’s show also features Shari’s PR tip to be a matchmaker, Special Broadcast for our Industry News segment from the IACP 2023 Awards (International Association of Culinary Professionals), which took place on Friday, September 29 at New York City of Technology in Brooklyn, in conjunction with the IACP SUMMIT. Shari has interviews with IACP cookbook winners for Food Issues & Matters with Daniel Holzman and Matt Rodbard for their book: Food IQ: 100 Questions, Answers, and Recipes to Raise Your Cooking Smarts (Harper Wave); Trailblazer Award winner Max Tucci of Delmonico’, celebrating 187 years of culinary excellence in NYC; and Jennifer English, a James-Beard award winning cullinary broadcaster, and Editor-at-Large at Food & Beverage Media/Proof Magazine; who moderated a panel on Publishing at the IACP Summit. Thanks and congratulations to all. Go to IACP.com for a full list of winners. Shari also shares her Solo Dining experience at Chef Amanda Shulman’s Her Place in Philly, while she was in town for Sisterly Love Collective’s Cookbooks and Convos for an event with her book CHEFWISE at El Merkury. Thanks to all who attended and the support! And, Shari wraps things up with the final question. 

Photo Courtesy of Brad Metzger, Sherry Yard, Shari Bayer, LA Chef Conference.

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