The Vetri Family Story with Marc Vetri

Johnathan Gryzbowski

April 16, 2019

Marc Vetri is the chef/founder of Philadelphia’s critically acclaimed Vetri Family of Restaurants. In addition to his storied career in the kitchen, Marc is also the driving force behind the Vetri Community Partnership, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower children and families through fresh food, hands-on experiences and education.

A Philadelphia native, Marc initially pursued a career in music as a guitarist before realizing his true passion came from cooking. Spending his formative professional kitchen life in Bergamo, Italy, working alongside some of the region’s most noted chefs, Marc has become known the world over for bringing a bold, contemporary sensibility to classic Italian cooking. 

In 2005, he was given the James Beard Award for “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic.” And he’s now a finalist for that same award again in 2019.

Some of the highlights of this episode are:

When we talked about the artistry and education behind food. Food education is so near and dear to my heart. I wanted to interview Marc because of that. I have this weird thing where I don’t get too star struck when it comes to celebrities, but for some reason, I’ve always had this: “OMG, hey that’s the chef at …” 

I’ve always said this publicly, but never on air that if I were to do something different in my life, it would surround food.

Pay attention to the tail end of the conversation. If you only have 10 minutes of your day, skip to the last 10 minutes and listen to how Marc describes food and what experience means to him.

You’re probably thinking, well, how does food translate to business? Your answer is on that time marker.

While listening to this episode I do have to be transparent that there is a slight hesitation in Marc’s speech, so when you listen, it’s not cutting out. It’s Marc crafting a full thought to further explain his story.