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Punk Rock HR

Aug 5, 2019

Let’s Fix Work Episode 70

This week's podcast features a guest who was a real treat for me. I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Jeff Gordinier, Food and Drinks Editor at Esquire Magazine. Jeff is also the author of a book about the most famous and most celebrated chef in the world, René Redzepi. The book, Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World, is about leadership, innovation, creativity, and saying, “Yes,” to experiences that can change your life. I mean, come on, if that doesn’t say, “Let’s Fix Work,” I don’t know what does! 

Whether you are reading what Jeff is writing in the New York Times or listening to our conversation about risk-change transformation and René Redzepi, you are bound to be transfixed by his witty, engaging, and creative demeanor. So if you want to hear from a disaffected Gen-X writer, go on a road-trip food tour, and enjoy a conversation about risk-change transformation, then sit back and listen to this episode of Let’s Fix Work

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  1. Who René Redzepi is and why Jeff decided to write a book about him
  2. About being drawn to peak experiences and to the prospect of enlightenment
  3. Leadership in the kitchen and how it could be modeled in other businesses
  4. The importance of creating a connected and natural work environment, and how it affects the employee experience
  5. Why it’s good to have more diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  6. About it being a golden moment for women and black chefs in gastronomy 
  7. How Jeff defines visionary chefs
  8. When work is at its best, it does feel like a community

Resources from this episode:

Jeff on Instagram 

Jeff on LinkedIn

Jeff as Food & Drinks Editor, Esquire Magazine

Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World

Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives 

X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking 

René Redzepi

Noma Restaurant (Denmark)

Eleven Madison Park (NYC)

Downtime: Deliciousness at Home, Nadine Levy Redzepi and René Redzepi

David Chang and Momofuku

SEIŌBO (Australia)

Via Carota (NYC)

Meson Sevilla (NYC)

Angus Barn (North Carolina)

Brooklyn Museum

Hangar Studios 



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