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#096: The Michael Jordan of Cheesesteaks – Al Calozzi

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Al Calozzi – Calozzi’s Cheesesteaks – San Diego, CA

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Summary

  • Al Calozzi is the owner of Calozzi’s Cheesesteaks serving authentic Philly cheesesteaks from two his locations in Seattle, and San Diego.
  • Growing up in a family restaurant Al learned to cook his first cheesesteak from his uncle at ten years old.
  • Starting as a food cart vendor, Al describes the obstacles he has faced over his career and how he was able to persevere by focusing on his goals.
  • Haters motivate: Al describing how he takes negative energy and uses it as fuel to keep going.
  • Competing in the 2019 National Cheesesteak Day charity event on March 24th to benefit the Special Olympics San Diego Region.

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Quotes

  • “Consistency that’s the thing. I’m on a ten year run of this and I can tell you my sandwiches are always the same. I’ve had knuckleheads and they don’t last. I don’t tolerate it. I know they are not cooking the meat right or they’re not slicing the onions right. I know how that sandwich is supposed to be.” – [21:38] Al Calozzi
  • I don’t look at them as failures; it’s lessons learned along the way… What kept me going through all those failures and obstacles was that passion. I love making cheesesteaks. I love cooking. I love being in hot kitchens.” – [40:53] Al Calozzi
  • Think about all the time we spend with friends and family and the times we cherish. Typically that’s done over food and drink.” – [45:20] Shawn Walchef

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