Brian Landry

Brian Landry

Owner & Chef of QED Hospitality

The biggest lesson that I have learned in my career is to always be preparing for the next step. You never know when a great opportunity is going to arise, so you need to be ready to walk through the door when the moment presents itself.

I love the social interaction that this industry provides. Both internally and externally, the connection to people is the most exciting part of this profession for me. It's all about how we make people feel. At QED, we tell ourselves this version of a Maya Angelou quote, "People may forget what they ate, what they drank, or what we said, but they will not forget how we made them feel." We apply this to our interactions with both our teams and our guests.
When hiring I always hire the person, not the resume.
The best piece of advice that I have received was from my dad. I originally thought I was going to pursue a career in medicine. When I informed my parents of my decision to attend culinary school instead of medical school, my dad gave me the following advice: Pursue food as you would medicine! ...and I have.
We keep our team inspired and educated by encouraging them to devour information. We provide our management team members monthly dining allowance to eat and drink around the city. We constantly circulate books, articles, and videos of things we find relevant to continuing our education in the food and beverage industry. It is extremely important to stay engaged mentally with the ever-evolving business of hospitality.

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