Projects & adventures


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I've been a huge fan of Hedley & Bennet Aprons since the days of rocking my biscuit dough blemished black denim Lincoln. H&B was one of the first establishments I visited when I moved to Los Angeles, and since then, they've become wildly successful! I love all my peeps over at the Apron Squad headquarters, and it was super dope to model such a sleek garment for them.
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Frying chicken in Brooklyn with one of the most flavorful MC's was a true rock star moment for me. We smoked, we drank, we laughed and we ate. A lot. Laila Ali was *more* than a legend to kick it with. Back on that Hip-Hop note, I had to wear my vintage Coogi sweater to pay homage to the greatest MC of all time, BK's one and only, the late and great Notorious B.I.G.
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Cooking breakfast with Susan Sarandon was badass. Smoking hash and dancing with Susan Sarandon was legendary. I lost my mind in Black Rock City while building and operating a Gypsy Hotel for 120 esteemed guests. Our crew spent 18 days on the plancha. Hell, we all lost our minds. Fortunately, when reality hit, it hit hard, and I fell into Preux & Proper. This was the last soul searching endeavor I embarked upon before our flagship restaurant, and part of me likes to think it didn't just make my food better, but, it clarified my journey and solidified my path as a chef.
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My homie chef Ryan Trimm (Sweet Grass, Next Door, Sunrise Memphis) flew us to Memphis to cook at his annual Special Olympics fundraiser. It was probably the coolest thing I've ever done. Kass came with me and her Mama Michelle drove into town from Asheville NC to help us cook at the event! Much love and shout outs to Dougan and the whole crew at Sweet Grass.
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What happens when some of America's most forward-thinking chefs flock to Atlanta for a meeting of the minds, smack dab in the middle of the "eye" of Hurricane Irma? Well... disaster couldn't stop us and we still did our thang-a-lang. We learned, shared and discussed many fascinating ideas in line with the theme "Growing Community - Owning The Future." It couldn't have been more fitting that we also rolled up our sleeves to provide meals for thousands of storm victims via the local Red Cross. I also freestyle'd on the streets and told Steven Satterfield he's my man crush, after he hosted a lecture on food waste reduction at Miller Union.
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The burger was always a staple in my family's restaurant, and something my pop’s took great pride in. It's something to this day that we can talk about for hours. The burger—a global icon of American cuisine. I couldn't imagine a more fitting first cookbook to create, nor a more qualified co-author than my dear friend and burger afficionado Richard Chudy.
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It was an absolute honor and thrill to compete in this year's Cochon 555. My crew and I had a blast breaking down a 350 pound beautiful Berkshire hog sourced by our favorite local raisers, Peads & Barnetts. Cochon events support their charity <i>Piggy Bank</i>, which betters the future of food by endorsing safer, more enlightened farming practices through the sharing of genetics, livestock, and information. Despite our defeat, our participation helped the good food movement, something near and dear to our hearts.  <a href="/gallery" class="summary-read-more-link"><b>View Gallery →</b></a>

It was an absolute honor and thrill to compete in this year's Cochon 555. My crew and I had a blast breaking down a 350 pound Berkshire hog sourced from local raisers–Peads & Barnetts. Cochon events support their charity Piggy Bank, which betters the future of food by endorsing safer, more enlightened farming practices through the sharing of genetics, livestock, and info.
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As an ordained Dudeist Priest (facts), I decided to throw a Big Lebowski themed brunch at Preux & Proper in honor of the film's recent 20 year anniversary—which also landed on Halloween weekend! Achievers came in from all around the City of Angles to abide, imbibe and channel their inner Dude. The Pig Trotter Po' Boy was able to get a lot of folks "a toe" by 3 o'clock that afternoon, and the Frozen White Russian Daiquiris really tied the barroom together. I was in my full Dude garb and of course, Kass was my Walter. Check out the menu (designed by Alix Marson) and some photos, maaaan.
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My homie chef Ryan Trimm (Sweet Grass, Next Door, Sunrise Memphis) flew us to Memphis to cook at his annual Special Olympics fundraiser. It was probably the coolest thing I've ever done. Kass came with me and her Mama Michelle drove into town from Asheville NC to help us cook at the event! Much love and shout outs to Dougan and the whole crew at Sweet Grass.
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Frying chicken in Brooklyn with one of the most flavorful MC's was a true rock star moment for me. We smoked, we drank, we laughed and we ate. A lot. Laila Ali was *more* than a legend to kick it with. Back on that Hip-Hop note, I had to wear my vintage Coogi sweater to pay homage to the greatest MC of all time, BK's one and only, the late and great Notorious B.I.G.
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