I am the very first contestant and winner from ABC's Shark Tank - Mr. Tod from Mr. Tod's Pie Factory - AMA!
Hey reddit. Long time lurker, first time poster. I "won" Shark Tank a few years back by impressing the judges with my unique brand of gourmet pies. Here's me on Shark Tank. (Love that the top comment is “f*** you” in reply to some other youtuber. Only on youtube could a video about pies spark racial and religious discord.)
Years before Shark Tank I started Mr. Tod's Pie Factory with a simple vision, or maybe assumption is the better word for it. The assumption is that there are people out there, like me, who want top quality, southern-grandma-level pies and know in their darkest heart that they just can’t get it anywhere. The pies on the shelf, even the ones at the restaurant, just don’t cut it – a pie aficionado knows immediately that there is something incorrect. Something that just can’t be learned from a cook book or Food Network chef. And while I know that not everybody can tell the difference, there are people out there who can, and they need me. I am one of the only ones left who possesses the true old school pie wisdom of our elders. I am the pie man they deserve.
On that assumption, I've grown Mr. Tod’s into a highly recognized and successful gourmet brand in the North Eastern U.S.. I'm here to answer any questions you might have about the trials and tribulations of starting your own business, the perils and payoffs of becoming a restaurateur, and the pandemonium of trying to make it all happen in the competitive world of gourmet desserts. I've definitely had my share of nights sleeping in my car while on this journey. So ask me anything (except for the secret recipe for the greatest sweet potato pie in the universe – that one goes to my grave and will be lost to humanity forever).
I'd also like to drop in a shameless plug if I may. I'm in a contest to win a Super Bowl ad spot - any votes would be greatly appreciated! Also suggestions for what to do should I win. https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/nj/Mr-Tods-Pie-Factory/373645