Peter Harman

Master Strategic Thinking Partner

The Food Guru is a Chef, Restaurant Owner, Author and Restaurant Growth Expert. 


Restaurant Owner / Operator / Creator:

Peter is a 40+ year veteran of the restaurant business who has created and operated dozens of restaurants at large resort hotels in Florida and independent restaurants in Iowa and Illinois. 

Graze Iowa City:
Graze is a Modern American restaurant that serves food "Grazing Style".  Graze is World famous for their Chicken Lips and locally renowned for
 cocktail excellence. Graze has won The Iowa City Press Citizen Readers Choice Award for Best Cocktails & Martinis every year since opening in 2007.  Peter is in the process of building the new Graze Market that will focus on Catering and Gourmet Take Out. 


Martini's Grille:
Peter opened Martini's Grille in Burlington, Iowa in 1997. Martini's Grille is a modern America steakhouse. Martini's Grille was named, Best Steakhouse in Iowa and Top 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America by Open Table for it's
 breathtaking view of the Mississippi River and historic downtown Burlington. 

Food Guru Management: 
Food Guru Management works with restaurant owners and investment groups to create, design and manage restaurants. 

Master Strategic Thinking Partner:
The Food Guru works confidentially with restaurant owners & CEO's, through one on one coaching sessions that focus on Eight Basic Fundamentals. The goal is to help restaurant owners, managers and chefs achieve financial freedom and live the life of their dreams. 

Build a Better Restaurant Podcast:

The Food Guru produces a weekly podcast / pep talk that focuses on the Eight Basic Fundamentals of the restaurant business. 

Peter has written three food and beverage related books.
The Manly Art of Macho Cookery
The Martini's Grille Cookbook
Martini's Martinis Cocktail Recipes. 

Peter recently published Two books on restaurant management. 

Restauranting 101: Focuses on Eight Basic Fundamentals, it is available on Amazon for Kindle and as a paperback. 

Six Sales Pillars Audio Book: This audio book will help you grow your sales and see exponential profit growth. It is available on Audible, iTunes and Amazon. 

The Food Guru has two future books in the pipe line. 
1) Build a Better Restaurant Team

2) 2025, What the restaurant of the near future will look and taste like.

Fun Facts:

The Food Guru was the first chef to podcast a cooking video, way back in 2005, called Food Guru Moments. Peter produced 300 cooking video podcasts from 2005-2008. 

Peter was selected by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine as a Rising Star of the Future.

Peter was the youngest chef to earn the title Certified Executive Chef from the American Culinary Federation at the age of 27, in 1987. Peter is a member of the Iowa Restaurant Association, the past president of the Southwest Florida Chef's Association, and member of Les Amis du Vin, The Chains Des Rotisseurs and Les Amis d'Escoffier Society. 

Peter began his career in Southwest Florida where he was a Chef and Food & Beverage Director at several prestigious restaurants and resorts including, The Shallows Restaurant, The Veranda Restaurant, Thistle Lodge at Casa Y Bel, Windows on the Water at Sundial Beach & Tennis Resort and South Seas Plantation. 

Golden Spoon Award - Top Ten Restaurants in Florida - The Shallows Restaurant.
Best New Restaurant" in Florida - Windows on the Water. 

American Culinary Federation Competition:

7 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal, 1 Bronze Medal

Career Highlight:
Peter & Kim Harman received 'The 2017 Bump Elliott Appreciation Award from

Kirk Ferentz and The Iowa Hawkeye Football Team for their outstanding service, commitment and dedication, providing sports nutrition to Iowa Football. 

Peter Lives in Downtown Iowa City with his wife Kim.

Peter has two sons, Tyler who lives in LA, with his wife Becky and son Cooper. 

Evan lives in Iowa City and manages Graze.