Vegas also provided us with a great pool of people to help the contestants prepare to sell their food to the crowd. Hiring and training your staff is perhaps one of the hardest and most important tasks of any restaurant owner. The people you employ have to be capable and hospitable, but more importantly, they have to buy into your vision in order to sell it properly. A good restaurant owner/manager with a clear vision and focus will empower their employees to successfully help run the restaurant.
It may have seemed like Jawman deviated from traditional soul food this week, but in fact he was able to come up with a light and healthy option while staying true to his flavor profile. His food was AMAZING! More importantly, he trained his staff well and got them excited about his concept. This made the whole Soul Daddy experience very enjoyable.
Stephenie was the least successful this week. Her food fell short and it seemed like she wasn't able to properly verbalize her concept to her employees, making it hard for them to convincingly communicate it effectively to the investors and the public.
Eight weeks after we began this journey, we're down to three final contestants. I know this will be the toughest and longest deliberation yet. While I'm not looking forward to letting anyone else go, I am excited to focus our energy into making the winning concept a reality.