Tim Love is the chef and owner of beloved restaurants like Lonesome Dove, Queenie’s, and Love Shack. Today his empire has grown to employ more than 350. Love, who’s also the host of CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup” program, just announced an Italian pop-up in Fort Worth called Ufficio. Later this month, he’ll host the first of a four-part dinner series there.

What do you enjoy most about what you do? Cooking and making people happy. When they’re happy, I’m happy!

What’s the toughest challenge you’ve had to overcome? Patience! We live in a world of immediacy. The hardest thing for me to learn was that nothing comes easy in this business. You have to put your head down and work hard!