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#070: Winning The Barbecue Crowds as a Chef/Pitmaster/Restauranteur – The Corner Drafthouse

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Chef Dan Sobek – The Corner Drafthouse – @thecornerdh – San Diego, CA

Podcast recorded live above the butcher shop at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, California.

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  • Dan Sobek, Executive Chef of The Corner Drafthouse is classically trained chef graduating first of his class from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte.
  • Dan managed the kitchens during the opening of the Five-Diamond, Five-Star Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City and assisted with the opening of Alain Ducasse’s signature Three-Star Michelin restaurant in the Dorchester Hotel
  • The Corner Drafthouse is Dan’s first project in Southern California. Combining his techniques to complement each flavor combination he has developed a sensible approach to food sourcing the best ingredients possible.
  • Dan made the decision to work for himself after grinding 100 hour work weeks for 3 months straight to open the Setai Fifth Avenue.
  • Winning People’s Choice at the 2018 Turf and Surf BBQ State Championship Dan has competed in KCBS events since he was sixteen.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

The Corner Drafthouse






Encinitas BBQ Company

Miranda McDonald Photography

Alpha Tau Omega

Alain Ducasse

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que

US Foods


Kansas State University

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Shareable Quotes:

  • “I think some people get so scared of themselves and don’t wanna be alone. I’m okay with it. It helps me reflect on who I am and it only makes me a better person.” {2:20} – Derek Marso
  • “So many sports bars were serving shitty food. Why can’t we have great food and also have the game on in hi-def?” {35:04} – Shawn Walchef
  • “The way I look at new projects is I back into it. I look for a great location and see if it’s can area I want to invest in and if it’s a demographic that I think can cater to and understand. Then I say ‘what makes the most sense here?’” {28:33} – Dan Sobek
  • “I keep coming back to barbecue, it’s like coming home.” {41:46} – Dan Sobek
  • “It’s a lot different when you gotta cook for the masses and barbecue is something that is so intimate.” {45:54} – Derek Marso

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