The Half A Dozen Hospitality Podcast
Koji Abe: From The Bay Area w/ An Open Mind

Koji Abe: From The Bay Area w/ An Open Mind

January 22, 2020

"Hey Brad, big fan of your podcast! I actually listened to your podcast with Robert Belcham before deciding to move from Japan to work at Campagnolo! Just wanted to say thank you!!"

I received the above message on Instagram on June 6th of 2019 and little did I know that this guy would not only be a super rad guy but that he would also become a friend. 

On this weeks podcast you will hear me as I sit down with Koji Abe (Ah-bay) and learn his story. 

I feel like Koji is a super unique mind and personality that the hospitality industry should be very thankful for having as one of its members.

Koji, originally from the Bay Area in California travelled to Vancouver via Japan simply to learn more about the restaurant game and I think his approach and work ethic is incredibly admirable. 

I was lucky enough to share meals with and learn a ton from Koji during his 7months here in Vancouver. I feel lucky that I was able to get him on to the podcast before he returned to Japan for more education, and I feel lucky that I get to call him a friend.

I hope you all enjoy meeting Koji on this podcast and be sure to follow him on social (@koji2hatz) to find out what he is up to next.

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Tip #6: Don’t Give Up

Tip #6: Don’t Give Up

January 15, 2020

I've spoken about ad nauseam and we all know it to be true.

The hospitality industry isn't "easy", it can be extremely thankless, and at times it can take more from us than it gives.


Don't give up.

In the last episode of my HALF A DOZEN TIPS for the hospitality industry I break down why I don't want YOU to give up.

This industry needs you and wants you.

I love the quote "Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors" and the same can be said about the reality most of us face. The incredible thing about the hospitality industry is it's ability to create these extreme talented and versatile people. The demands on you in your role within hospitality is no doubt setting you up to be completely capable to do almost anything that comes your way.

The nebulous titles we use such as "Shift Manager" or "CDC" really mean very little as they don't limit us with what we can find ourselves doing on any given day. That adaptability, that flexibility, and that staying power is what makes each and every one of you so valuable to this industry.

So while at times it can feel like this industry is beating you down, I urge you, DON'T GIVE UP.

There are platforms that exist and people that are out there that are more than willing and able to help you through any challenges you may be facing at the moment, heck you can reach out to me anytime.

When you feel like you've had enough, hang on, we need you and we want you.

What you do matters.

Tip #5: Get Them Pepsi… Or Don’t

Tip #5: Get Them Pepsi… Or Don’t

January 8, 2020

Tune in to hear me break down my TIP #5 for the hospitality industry.

I share a story from one of my very first jobs in the industry that set me down the path to where I find myself today consulting to help others achieve their visions.

Madly in love with everything that is the essence of what the hospitality industry is, I dive into another way he wants to see us all work to make this industry better on this episode.

I often find myself taking from my past experiences of working from Coast to Coast in Canada as well as Overseas. There has to be over 1,000 of these impactful moments that have shaped how I look at the industry overall and aim to help those who need it any way that I can.

Be sure to tune in to the episode today and stay tuned for TIP #6 of 6 to help you down your own path to EXCELLENCE.


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Tip #4: Welcome Competition For Unstoppable Growth

Tip #4: Welcome Competition For Unstoppable Growth

January 1, 2020

This week we dive back into the HALF A DOZEN Tips for the Hospitality Industry (and this is really applicable to all industries) and break down Tip #4.

Welcome Competition.

It is far to easy to adopt a mindset of lack and stay there.

It is also very easy to get defensive or territorial about your address, street, city, concept, etc.

However on todays episode we break down why adopting a mindset that welcomes competition will not only bring you a greater sense of ease but it will undeniably improve your business. Tune in to find out how!


Food Memories: Our End Of The Year Podcast Extravaganza

Food Memories: Our End Of The Year Podcast Extravaganza

December 25, 2019

While we still have 1 week of 2019 left the calendar lined up for the podcast so perfectly this week.

I hope this podcast finds you enjoying time with family, friends and loved ones reviling in the holiday season. 

We have been positing a NEW podcast EVERY Wednesday without fail for just over 18months and this podcast was really special to me as I get to share it on Christmas morning!

Sitting down to take just a quick moment to reflect on the year that was so special for me both personal and professional felt like the right thing to do today. I also was able to feature some of YOU who were kind enough to answer the bell and send in your great Food Memories of 2019. 

As I wrap up 2019 with my family here in Vancouver I can’t help but get excited about what the year ahead holds in store for us and be so grateful for the year that I have had.

I hope you all enjoy this episode!


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This time of year it really is a bit of a scene in our home. I have been enjoying my Mother in-laws baking that she shipped out from Sault St Marie, plenty of traditional italian panettone, and I will be enjoying (for the very first time) a roast goose on Christmas day with some friend’s and my family.


I currently have two books on the go. QUIET by Susan Cain and POWER vs FORCE by David R. Hawkins.

Have an awesome day Crew & Happy Holidays!

Brad Bodnarchuk


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Gianmarco Colanino: Unapologetically Doing It His Way

Gianmarco Colanino: Unapologetically Doing It His Way

December 18, 2019

Gianmarco and I had only met for a brief moment a few months back but I had admittedly had him on my radar of guys I’d love to met and host on the podcast and he straight up didn’t disappoint.

I headed into this podcast my favourite way, knowing very little about the person I was sitting across from and therefore allowing a true discovery to take place. i was intrigued to learn more about Gianmarco and like all of my guests, better understand why he does what he does.

The owner of Vancouver’s Trans Am Restaurant comes from a strong background of years in the hospitality industry. And now with the help of his team (two studs in Edie & Dave) at Trans Am they’ve been able to break the mould of what a “restaurant” in 2019 should be and do what seemingly comes so naturally to them.

From a cancer scare, to a no cell phone policy we cover it all on the latest podcast and I cannot thank Gianmarco enough for coming onto the show and being so raw.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • What is on the bathroom walls at Trans Am

  • How a health scare changed the way Gianmarco looked at life

  • The reality of cooking in most Vancouver kitchens

  • Happiness

  • Success

  • And how to seek help in our industry if and when it is needed

To learn more about Gianmarco and his team be sure to give them a follow them HERE


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Tip #3 Always Seek To Learn In The Hospitality Industry

Tip #3 Always Seek To Learn In The Hospitality Industry

December 11, 2019

We can all agree that it is impossible to know everything, right?

Well in the hospitality industry it will serve you well if you can maintain the mindset of a White Belt, meaning you are always seeking to learn.

It is the restaurants, hotels, bakeries and coffee shops that are working to learn and improve every day that not only make a great name for themselves, but they also create a platform for incredible growth.

While the industry can be so busy that it seems like you always have your head down just getting work done, but my suggestion is making and taking time to keep your head down and learn. There is so much information and feedback that exists if we just know the right places to look, and most of the time the greatest education is right under our nose.

To truly stand out in the hospitality industry always seek to learn and always be a white belt.

Tip #2 For The Hospitality Industry: How To Insulate Yourself For Success

Tip #2 For The Hospitality Industry: How To Insulate Yourself For Success

December 4, 2019

Seek discomfort. 

There are missed opportunities for growth in our industry and a lot of it starts and ends with the people we surround ourselves with.

Tune in to hear host Brad Bodnarchuk break down a few key people he thinks you should be looking to insulate yourself with today.


Tip #1 of 6: How To Reenergize Yourself In A Demanding Environment

Tip #1 of 6: How To Reenergize Yourself In A Demanding Environment

November 27, 2019

It's been very well documented that the hospitality really does demand a lot from all of those in it and 99.9% of the time it can be a very draining reality.

On today's podcast I break down something that I was taught by me mentor and coach Niyi Sobo.

The REENERGIZING Formula is an absolute game changer for everyone that adopts it and the idea and execution behind it are simple and easily implemented.

I decided to share this as my first of six tips due to it ease of implementation and dramatic impact.

After you've listened to the episode and hear me break down in more detail with the REENERGIZING Formula is I would love to hear from you what you have planned for your very own formula.

Here's to creating longevity, health and wealth for our industry and all of those in it!


How Are You Communicating With Your Team?

How Are You Communicating With Your Team?

November 20, 2019

Tune in as I break down just a few ways to really dig into the communication within your business.

Far too often in hospitality we use excuses as to why the communication machine is broken, but really it just comes down to a few simple steps that will have dramatic positive impact on your business.

From where I stand there can never be too much communication, especially in a dynamic industry such as ours.