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

Chef Dan Sobek – The Corner Drafthouse – @thecornerdrafthouse – 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.

Competition BBQ Ribs from Encinitas BBQ

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

Weekly Social Shout Out:

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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

Chef Dan Sobek with Encinitas BBQ at BETonBBQ

Get in Touch:

Email the Show:

Shawn P. Walchef – @shawnpwalchef  on Twitter

Derek Marso – @marsoderek on Twitter

Cory Wagner – @iamcorywagner on Twitter

Bryan Abou Chacra – @kinglordbryan on Twitter

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Valley Farm Market – 9040 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA 91977

Cali Comfort BBQ – 8910 Troy Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977
Shawn P. Walchef on LinkedIn

Honorable Mentions & BBQ Business Resources:

9th Annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival

California’s Largest Annual Amateur Tailgate & BBQ Competition
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Request our Sponsorship Deck:
Sign up to compete as an Amateur BBQ Team, Food Vendor, Non Food Vendor or Volunteer!

West Coast BBQ Movement News

“Turf and Surf” Competition Proves West Coast BBQ is on Fire – Written by Stover Harger III

Sneak Peek: Discovering what’s ‘behind the smoke’ | 2018-09-05 | MEAT+POULTRY

America’s Finest BBQ State Championship – San Diego, CA – 10.15.18

BBQ Pits & Grills used at Cali Comfort BBQ & Valley Farm Market

Ole Hickory Pits

Big Green Egg

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