Max Connor - Host
I am a husband to my wonderful wife Chelsea and father to our three children. I grew up in a family where home cooked family meals every night were the norm even with two parents working full-time. Both of them were excellent cooks.
I developed a love of cooking as a child and took over a lot of the cooking for the house by the time I was 16. I aspired to become a chef but working in the front of the house of restaurants showed me that what I love about cooking at home didn't translate to the stress of cooking in a restaurant kitchen.
At 25 I started a business with my sister that we ran for 10 years. Somewhere in there I decided to go back to school and pursue another long held dream of working in radio journalism. I was the editor-in-chief of The State Hornet at Sacramento State University for the 2020-2021 school year and created a podcast called "Max's Table" that was voted the best podcast in the country by the Associated Collegiate Press association during one of their conferences.
After selling the business I had with my sister I went back to working in restaurants in Sacramento in the front of the house. I was reminded of my love for restaurants and food and realized I could combine my love of food, cooking, restaurants and journalism into a career of writing and talking about the industry.
Neill Little - Host
I have taken the path less traveled… in all my travels. I started in restaurants at 15 years old as a busser and swore I'd never go back. So much for those plans. At 21, I re-entered the restaurant scene as a busser and over the last 15 years have held every job in the front of the house, from bussing all the way up to managing. Now, I am currently at Camden Spit and Larder in downtown Sacramento.
While working in restaurants, I was continuing to go to school, little by little. School has never been a strength of mine but journalism has always been a passion. While working on the school newspaper, I was introduced to podcasts. It was love at first recorded word.
For those who know me, I am definitely not a person of few words. Upon learning about podcasts, I knew this was my future. COVID gave me a lot of time to think about what I really wanted to do and I realized it was staring me right back in the face. Food. I want to introduce people to the fantastic folks behind restaurants and all the amazing hard work they put in for others' enjoyment.