About This Show
Every Wednesday, I’ll bring you conversations with leading entrepreneurs, non-profit founders, award winning designers, educators, artists and everything else in between.
We dig deep into their stories, have honest conversations about how they made their ideas come to life and the lessons learned along the way.
Most Recent Episode
Ep. 10 - From "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" to "Sushi Nakazawa" w/ Restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone
Sushi Nakazawa stunned the restaurant world when they were awarded a notoriously difficult 4 star review in The New York Times by legendary food critic Pete Wells. But what really goes into creating such a world class restaurant? We get to hear directly from Alessandro (Alex) Borgognone, co-founder of Sushi Nakazawa, famous for its all star chef, Daisuke Nakazawa, who was the protege of Jiro One, the renowned chef from the award winning documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." This is a remarkable story like no other. From tracking down Nakazawa on Facebook, to using Google Translate to communicate & convincing him to start a restaurant in NYC - Alessandro personifies the entrepreneurial spirit that’s needed to make a fine establishment like this a reality. Here are five things to listen out for: (1) Early Years - starting in the family business aged 13 & what growing up in Brooklyn as an Italian American taught him. (2) Genesis of Sushi Nakazawa - how the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi inspired Alex to find Chef Nakazawa on Facebook, communicate via Google translate to turn his vision into one of the best restaurants in NYC. (3) The Restaurant Business - with 10 restaurants under his belt including Chumley’s and Sushi Nakazawa - how does Alex think about building a restaurant concept from scratch? Finding a chef, location, naming, costing, crating a menu, launching, promoting and getting people through the door. (4) Personal - what he thinks about success, what motivates him, his daily routine and why legacy matters. (5) Fun Questions - his favorite NYC restaurant, pizza places & how his worst job ever involves getting a car stolen! TIME STAMPS: What is Sushi Nakazawa and intro to Alex [1m51s] His 10 restaurants, including Chumleys and Nakazawa [2m24s] Starting in the restaurant business at 13 yrs old [3m19s] What he loved about the food business [3m44s] Growing up as an Italian American in Brooklyn [4m13s] Working in the family business [5m33s] Bring