My background is a little unique. I didn't start out cooking, I started out eating! I remember watching my dad cook squirrel stews over wood stoves in Louisiana or roast potatoes on coals while searing steaks on open mesquite fires in South Texas.
I learned how to cook throwing tailgate parties for LSU football. My freshman year, my cousin Travis handed me our grandfather’s old barbecue utensils at the first tailgate party of the season. “Here freshman,” he said. “You’re in charge of the grill now.”
We'd cook huge cast iron cauldrons of red beans & rice, gumbo or crawfish etouffee. We'd fry boudin balls and hushpuppies in outdoor deep fryers and made our own BBQ pit out of used beer kegs.
Soon after I began dabbling in competitive barbecue and recipe creation, I won a Tailgating Cook-off in 2010 that catapulted my career. The next year, I was cast as one of the top 100 amateur chefs in America on MasterChef, which led to a stint as opening Chef Instructor at the Viking Cooking School Outdoors.
After that, I quit my day job, started working for myself, and never looked back.
Since then I've cooked or judged food on many TV shows. Most notably I finished runner-up on Season 11 of Food Network Star in 2015, wowing judges with my Cajun and deep-fried cuisine.
Now I serve as a chef at pop-up dinners, private events, and cooking demonstrations at conferences, conventions and festivals. I cater huge parties at breweries, wedding rehearsal dinners and receptions, corporate tailgate parties and company holiday parties. In July 2016 I had the honor to cook a dinner at the historic James Beard House in NYC and got invited back to be part of a group dinner with some of my Food Network Star castmates in 2018. I also currently host small, supper club dinners for up to 12 in Baton Rouge. If you'd like to hire me to cook, whether it is at your house for an anniversary party or for a crowd of thousands, please feel free to reach out.