Projects & adventures


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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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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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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 and channel their inner Dude. 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, man.
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My business partner Joshua is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and as you know, I was cookin' Crawfish Étouffée in my Daddy's kitchen at age 13... so NOLA W&F was on the bucket list for sure! We headed down with a bully crew, ate 5 meals a day for 5 days straight, woke up to frozen daiquiris, went to bed with bellies full of gator, and hickory smoked beef hearts on the Mississippi.
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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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Kass and I went down to Louisville to collaborate with Maker's Mark on crafting a single barrel of Preux & Proper "Private Select" bourbon. We had to drink a WHOLE LOT of bourbon to pull this off. It sure was tough, but hard work pays off, and when it was finally finished, our whiskey came out great! We still have some to pour, and I age our house green hot sauce in the barrel.
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Building and operating a Gypsy Hotel for 120 esteemed guests in Black Rock City was badass. Cooking pancakes and dancing with Susan Sarandon was legendary. This was the last CRAZY soul searching endeavor I embarked upon before buckling down with Preux & Proper. From sand storms to steel sculptures to art cars, the playa 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! Shout outs to Dougan, the whole crew at Sweet Grass, Central BBQ and Wild Bill's.
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