We had the good fortune of connecting with Seth Bradley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Seth, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
We had been cooking and sharing food with friends and family for over a decade, and wanted a way to do that for others as well. We were burnt out on our former careers, so we followed our passion for food and entertaining and developed a brand and business for it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I began following my art and passions as a career all the way back in 2005. I was always a performer and loved the stage. Through choir, drama, glee club, etc, I always enjoyed the artistic outlet of performance. When my boss at the Board of Trade began inspiring me to write and record my music, I started performing the songs at open mic’s around the city. In 2008, I made the decision to pursue music full time as a career and continued to do so for over a decade, performing over 150 shows each year all over the Midwest. During this time, cooking was my new artistic hobby, and after long road trips with the band, I would come home and cook with my roommate Ryan. We cooked a lot, hours a night sometimes, and then had friends and family come enjoy it with us. When I began to tire of the performer life, food was a natural thought on what to do for my next career. We wanted a way to take healthful wholesome food and ingredients and prepare them in a way that would be fun for clients. We knew we didn’t want to do a traditional caterer or restaurant business, but we thought we could take what we at home, and do similar experiences for our clients in their homes. Health and wellness was always a part of it from the beginning, we just needed a creative brand and way to present it. Nude Dude Food was mentioned as an idea, and we began to run with it in 2016. It very quickly developed into a business and brand, and we haven’t looked back sense. There are always challenges, but since we were having fun doing something we loved to do, it felt like a natural progression and it happened quite naturally and easily for us.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the plethora of restaurants and cuisine in Chicago from all over the world. The access to food in this city is incredible, and within a few miles radius of my home, I have access to almost anything I want. Some notables include:
Indian/Pakistani food on Devon
West Loop food scene
Music venues around the city (Green Mill, Kingston Mines, House of Blues)
Beaches and dunes in Michigan are a great day trip
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The first job I had when I moved to Chicago was at the Chicago Board of Trade. My boss and friend (still to this day), Tom Pruter, taught me to think entrepreneurially in my passion projects, and he started funding a music career for me when I was 25. Without his direction and guidance, I probably would never have started to pursue music, and later food, as a career. He still remains a good friend, and still offers guidance to us whenever we need it.