Be The Chef

Originally called “Iron Dad” because it was a Father’s Day only promotion, we developed the promotion into a year-round offer,  which giving customers a chance to perform as a Benihana Chef for their own guests of friends and family.

I renamed the promotion, developed branding and designed the logo, and I worked with the Director of Marketing to develop a training procedure, a Gift Card and Presenter package, and a Certificate of Completion.  We also developed  print ads, check stuffers and the Be The Chef video, which ran on the in-house monitors in every Benihana location, as well as on the Benihana website. Click here to view the Be The Chef video on

In addition to getting great reviews and a lot of PR hits, Be The Chef was ranked #4 in the Restaurant Business Magazine’s Top 50 Great Gift Ideas for 2014.


BTC Gift Card and Presenter
The Be The Chef Gift Card in the Gift Card Presenter.


Be The Chef Diploma
Be The Chef Certificate of Completion.


Be The Chef video on

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