Jeff Smokevitch and Giles Flanagin of Blue Pan Pizza
Competition often involves rejection, and rejection can turn into a major motivation for those driven to win. Jeff Smokevitch, chef and co-owner of Blue Pan Pizza, which will open next week in West Highland, is no stranger to competition — or learning from failure. As a member of the undefeated 1997 University of Michigan football team, he experienced one of the greatest achievements in American sports: an NCAA college football championship. But as a restaurant owner, he’s also experienced rejection of the kind that would send many others packing. Read the full article here!