One of the wonderful things about this project is having so many people throughout the industry involved. The project has developed a truly collaborative feel, which can only benefit the culinary world of tomorrow. It has been really exciting and encouraging to hear from various individuals who want to support the project.
One of those exciting individuals is Eamon Firtzgerald, of Naked Wines. After a great ‘meeting of minds’ between Dan and Eamon, we asked Eamon to tell us a little bit about Naked Wines, and what he finds inspiring about his job and what he thinks is exciting about Chefs of Tomorrow.
“At Naked Wines our customers, called Angels, invest in small talented winemakers, in return for exclusive wines at preferential prices.
What I love about Naked Wines is that we’ve managed to invent a business model that gets the best deal for everyone involved, and no one gets trampled along the way. The customer gets better wine for their money by investing up front; the winemaker gets paid to make delicious wines, and not have to sell them - and we have a blast bringing the customer and winemaker together.
The reason I’m really chuffed to be involved with Chefs of Tomorrow, is that Dan is doing for the restaurant industry what we’re trying to do to the wine industry. 20 years ago no one knew about the chef; it was all about the owner of the restaurant. That’s changed. Today no one knows about the winemaker; it’s all about the vineyard owner or the brand. Naked Wines is trying to find the winemakers of tomorrow and give them the spotlight and success that their talent deserves.”