Hey there, summer is literally knocking on the door, so thought we’d have a bit of fun with this, showcasing an older interview from one of the up and coming rockstars of the BBQ scene. Working out of North Carolina Aaron Siegel of Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ. Here’s a couple of snippets from an old interview he did way back in 2013, in internet years, suppose that makes him a dinosaur, but we want to keep an eye on Aaron because A) we love BBQ and B) he studied up at Hyde Park CIA.
Antoinette Bruno: What inspired you to pursue cooking professionally?
Aaron Siegel: I grew up messing around in the kitchen. I started cooking for groups of people in college and really enjoyed it. I didn’t start working professionally in kitchens until I was 20. I was an English major at the University of Georgia. Halfway through college, my mom saw my interest in food and offered for me to go to culinary school. I moved up here and cooked at a restaurant in town called Zebo while applying to culinary schools.
AB: Who would you consider your mentor?
AS: I would consider Chris from Cache Cache my mentor. I went to school with him. He taught me how to manage people. Chris was born in France. His demeanor, the way he went about his business, and the respect he gained from his employees is how I try to go about my business every day. Another is Kevin Rathbun, who cooks high-end Southwesten dining. He is breaking the rules—cold and hot items, accenting different things, combining classical knowledge and fundamentals with other things. Dean Fearring, too.
It may be short and sweet, but if you want the full interview with Aaron it’s over at Star Chefs.