I was lucky enough to catch-up with the editor of the highly regarded Food Magazine to discuss the upcoming article on our very own, Chet Barber of Salt Lake City. They wrote about the multi-talented Chet for their Christmas edition.
Some of you might not know this, but Chet is a professionally trained Chef who received culinary training in Paris.
Food Magazine interviewed him about his love for the Manitou Incline, his love for real estate, and the pursuit of culinary perfection.
Here is what “Top Chef/Broker” had to say:
Q: What is the biggest parallel between cooking and selling real estate?
A: You deal with a lot of pork. Just kidding. Variety is the spice of life.
Q: What does that mean?
A: Nothing is ever the same- I like that every day brings different challenges.
Q: How did you get into Commercial Real Estate?
A: I ran into Warren Buffet in Paris, while cooking my famous Duck a la King. He told me I had the look of a Hoff & Leigh Broker. So,I moved to Salt Lake and here we are today.
Q: You got to meet Warren Buffet?
A: I don’t know how to put this, but I am kind of a big deal in the culinary world. I have a mahogany bookshelf.
Q: Are you a “big deal” in Commercial Real Estate too?
A: I’ll leave that up to your imagination, but I think you know the answer. Wink. Wink.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge of being a commercial real estate broker?
A: It’s hard to get the right variety of red ties for a 5 day work week. It’s the simpler things that sometimes make life tough.
Q: You’re strange.
A: Thank you.
Q: Who’s your favorite musician?
A: Hands down- Rihanna. I LOVE her new song Shine Bright like a Diamond. Brittany Spears is a close second.
Q: You seem like you have sophisticated tastes based on your music preference.
A: I can’t tell you how many times people have alluded to the fact I have great tastes. I’m not trying to be “better” than anyone. Honestly, it’s been a natural progression- a quick metaphor would be man evolving from an ape to mammal.
Q: Can you leave us with one life lesson?
A: I learned when I was young that Barney, the purple dinosaur personality on TV, isn’t real. Don’t always believe what you see on TV.