Episode 34: Butchers, Belly Fat and Breaking Addiction with Kevin McCann

Meat it’s whats for dinner! Kevin McCann has a deep infatuation with meat fabrication that started at the Culinary Institute of America. His first day of class with Tom Schneller got him hooked. 


After various jobs, including a time with DeBragga and Spitler where he learned what the best restaurants in NYC were ordering for their menus, his career got fully in motion during his apprenticeship at Fleisher’s. Having a background in cooking and cutting really allowed Kevin the opportunity to appreciate the bigger picture while training. There was literally as much meat as he could possibly cut, and he was already formulating utilization ideas to complement the vast array of cuts they taught him to isolate. 


And by pure dumb luck, Kevin found a co-op of farmers in Madison County, NY that were in the process of opening a butcher shop but didn’t have a butcher. He created their entire fresh meat, deli, sausage, and further utilization programs, and they continue to grow and thrive to this day. With that experience now in his belt, and with the confidence of seeing it work in a small city, Kevin and his wife Yeonmo opened McCann’s Local Meats in Rochester, NY in 2015. They source their animals from within 60 miles of their shop where it’s all grown hormone, preemptive antibiotic, and steroid free – 100% grass fed beef, pastured pork and poultry. McCann’s also acts as a restaurant and they have a robust soup and sandwich menu, various prepared foods sold by the pound, and offer the option to choose anything from the fresh case to be cooked on site. The power of self-love and self-forgiveness on Kevin’s journey


He’s also a member of the U.S. team for the 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge taking place in Sacramento, CA! In this conversation, Kevin discusses his radical health transformation, how he overcame the addiction-filled lifestyle of the restaurant industry, and how he balances a terrific family with a terrific career running his own butcher shop.


**Highlights of our conversation:**

 – 1:30 – Why is there a butcher on the show?

 – 2:47 – Why sourcing meat matters

 – 4:10 – Competing in the World Butchers’ Challenge

 – 5:44 – What Kevin brings to the butcher business that very few do

 – 7:36 – Next level dishes at Kevin’s restaurant

 – 10:42 – The differences within bone broth and its benefits

 – 15:55 – Kevin’s major health and fitness transformation

 – 20:26 – Living a pain-free existence

 – 24:24 – Overcoming the culture and addictions associated with the restaurant industry

 – 34:45 – The beauty of getting sober

 – 36:45 – The power of self-love and self-forgiveness on Kevin’s journey

 – 39:10 – What does it mean to be beautifully broken?

 – 39:38 – Advice for those looking to get off drugs and alcohol as a venting mechanism

 – 41:34 – Advice for aspiring restaurateurs


**Connect with Kevin:**


 – Visit his website – http://www.mccannslocalmeats.com/

 – Follow on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mccannslocalmeats/

 – Connect on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mccannmeat/

 – Learn more about the World Butchers’ Challenge – https://www.worldbutcherschallenge.com/


**Connect with me:**


 – Check out my website – https://freddiesetgo.com/ 

 – Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/freddiesetgo/

 – Read my Favs – https://freddiesetgo.com/freddies-favorites/ 

 – Sing For Your Seniors – https://http://singforyourseniors.org 

 – Amp Coil – https://www.ampcoil.com


**About me:**


I’m Freddie Kimmel, a Functional Health Coach, Reiki Healer, Certified Personal Trainer, Gut Health Specialist, and proud cancer survivor. I help men and women eliminate brain fog, bloat and belly fat through gut health.


I’ve been featured in *The Wall Street Journal*, the Full Plate Podcast, An Excellent Example of Being Human, State of the Arts on LA talk radio and *Dance Magazine*. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Brockport, attended SUNY Fredonia, and graduated from the Institute of Functional Health Coaching.


I can be found in NYC living each day to its fullest and focused on creating more value then what I capture. Please stand back from the awesomeness that’s about to unfold. 




 – Interview: Kevin McCann

 – Podcast edited and mixed by 51 features. Connect with Andrew at andrew {at} 51features {dot} com.