We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Leto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think risk is a necessary evil, that when approached correctly becomes a gift or blessing. I try to remain consciously aware of my current capabilities, and that has allowed me to grow at a great rate. I have taken small, baby step risks that have helped build my confidence, but not put me in a really tough spot.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My employees and I do a tremendous job of giving our clients a great experience, and exactly what they were hoping for when they were first searching for caterers/chefs. We make all of our food from scratch, and only use the freshest ingredients. Most catering companies will use other peoples food and highlight it as their own, we don’t do that. Everything is made in house! We got where we are today because of being consistent and working hard. We show up on time, we are reliable, and we are personable. It also helps that our food is very unique and flavorful. Building a company is never easy, and it takes a lot of thoughts and hands to build it. Overcoming challenges is easy when you know who you are, and what you offer. It you approach challenges this way, then you will never be in a really tough spot. The spot might be difficult, but not insurmountable. I learned to approach my work and life like a nice BBQ brisket recipe, low and slow, and the product at the end will be great. A good person to emulate for this is Benjamin Franklin, and he has said to not get greedy and chase Monday, stay in your craft and slowly grow it, it will pay off in the long run. I want our future clients to know my team and I stop at nothing to make sure you get exactly what you want. Our food has our heart and soul poured into it, and we don’t shortcut anything. We don’t just create a wonderful meal, we create a wonderful memory.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a homebody, haha, so I don’t really have many answers for this. I would definitely take this person to Sedona and eat at Della Piane, which is an awesome burger place.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to thank all the original chefs I worked with, but the biggest thank you goes to my family and current staff, without them I wouldn’t have the success I have had. They have spoken a lot of positive into my life, and sent many prayers my way that were very timely.
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