What Peeling 25 Pounds of Potatoes Taught Us About Practice

It’s very clear when practice pays off.” —Neal Brown

Real question: Is there anything better than a great meal? I’m gonna go with no. And what’s crazy to think about is that behind every great meal is a chef who likely has honed their skills, made some mistakes along the way, and mastered their craft to create whatever dish you’re thinking of in your mind right now. Not to be presumptuous, but I’m pretty sure our latest guest on the Practice First podcast would agree. Friends, put your hands together for Neal Brown! 

Neal is a celebrated chef, twice nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Midwest Region. He’s been named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s prestigious “Forty Under 40” award and serves on a number of advisory boards involving food, health, and climate change. He currently operates three of the best restaurants in Indy: Pizzology, The Libertine, and Ukiyo.

Just as a reminder, here’s the goal of Practice First: We want to become practice gurus, and we want you to do the same, no matter your role, rank, or position at work. Regardless of what your job is, we’re convinced practice is for you and your team. We’re looking to world-class “practicers”—Olympians, musicians, sommeliers, and chefs like Neal—for wisdom and guidance about sprinkling practice into our day-to-day lives. If you want to listen to the trailer and read a bit more about why we created this podcast in the first place, check out this blog post by Ben, one of the hosts of the show.

Neal shared some practice gold, including…

😋 Why constant practice, from tasting to cutting, is essential to running a great kitchen

👨‍🍳 What an old-school technique called Tournée-ing taught him about practice

🔁 The importance of reinforcing, or verifying, practice 

👍 How to balance speed and brevity with positive encouragement.


If you’d like to learn more about Neal or his restaurants, visit http://nealbrownhospitality.com/.

And if you’ve made it all the way down to the end of this blog post, we would love to talk with you about anything from practice and pizza, to Tournée-ing and training. Reach out to either Conner Burt or Ben Battaglia on LinkedIn or via email at practice@lessonly.com to connect!

P.S. In case you missed the first two episodes, we’ve got you covered! Check out the posts below to learn about practice from Rajeev Ram, an Olympic tennis player, and Dr. Sally Perkins, a professional storyteller. Until next time!


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