Yesterday culinary management students from ICE had the opportunity to attend a session with Michael Dellar, co-founder, president and CEO of Lark Creek Restaurant Group. Founded in 1989, the 14-restaurant group is dedicated to offering seasonal farm-fresh fare and extensive wine and spirits, along with caring, professional service and excellent value.

Dellar is a California native and grew up as a Hollywood kid doing commercials at a young age. His first start in business was with The Clorox Company as the Director of Marketing. During his time there, the company began a project with a restaurant group and this got him into the food scene. After a few years he decided to “hold his nose and jump” into opening his own business. In addition to sharing his background with students at ICE, he offered a few important skills for any professional looking to start their own business.

  • Meet as many people as you can and even with the form of today’s communication, try your best to meet in person or have a conversation on the phone. It means much more.
  • Get involved in associations.
  • Develop a personal business plan.
  • Stay committed to your investors.
  • Choose your partnerships wisely.
  • Focus on your expertise.

For info on the next Meet the Culinary Entrepreneurs lectures, including David Burke and Mindy Segal, check out our culinary career development class listings.

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