Born and raised in the South, Abby lives by three things: bacon goes in everything, all food can (and should) be deep fried, and hush puppies are religion.
Elite Spotlight: Cooking with Shereen Pavlides (@cookingwithshereen)
Shereen Pavlides (@cookingwithshereen) took time out of her busy schedule, which includes writing her first cookbook, to sit down with Dalstrong to talk about her favorite hack, her cooking philosophy, and her best advice for people just starting out with cooking.
Elite Spotlight: Artust BBQ (@ArtustBBQ)
Artust BBQ (@ArtustBBQ) sat down with us at Dalstrong to talk about the evolution of BBQ culture in the UK, the importance of building a robust BBQ community, and much more.
Elite Spotlight: James Greenleaf (@greenleaf.bbq)
Things haven’t always been easy for James Greenleaf, AKA @greenleaf.bbq. Fending for himself as a kid without the supervision of a parental figure, he craved more guidance and structure in life. After serving in the military, Greenleaf is now a family man who has fallen completely in love with...
Elite Spotlight: Jesse Stanley (@pitmasterpastor)
Jesse Stanley (@pitmasterpastor) sat down with Dalstrong recently to talk about his favorite kitchen tools, what makes a great chef, and why everyone seems to mess up their brisket.
Elite Spotlight: Chris Apple (@whitebullsbbq)
When his new BBQ spot was hit hard by the pandemic, Chris hit back with his own line of handmade rubs in March 2020, which became a quick success. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about his latest rub sensations, building an audience, and the late rapper he...
Elite Spotlight: CJ Volkmann (@cookingwithCJ)
Growing up in a single-parent household, pitmaster CJ Volkmann’s love of cooking began out of necessity with his first pan of scrambled eggs. Since then it’s become a life-long passion, fueled by a desire to share his creations with family and friends
Elite Spotlight : Giovanni Borges (Smok3hous3_bbq)
Gio Borges (@Smok3hous3_bbq) sat down with Dalstrong to talk about weekend picnics on nearby islands, his advice for newbie influencers, and the one person he transports his grill to cook for.
Elite Spotlight: Steve Hernandez (@mexibeastbbq)
Self-taught pitmaster Steve Hernandez displays mad BBQ skills on his fast-growing Instagram account @mexibeastbbq, but his true passion is inspiring people and building community. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about why he’s not interested in food staging, why he started a mentor group for BBQers, and how...
Elite Spotlight: Matt K. (meatthecook)
When Matt Krull’s first marriage began to unravel in his early twenties, he joined the Marine Corps and came out the other side “forged through fire.” His journey into cooking started much later in life with a love for feeding his family, and has turned into a passion for...
Elite Spotlight : Christopher Bhoorasingh (@Islandboyjerkstop1)
Backyard pitmaster Christopher Bhoorasingh has made an art of combining Jamaican jerk and Texas brisket. Born in Jamaica, he traveled the world with the military before landing in Texas where his addiction to BBQ took off. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about keeping life simple, his hack...
Elite Spotlight: Romain Avril (@chefromainavril)
Trained in France from an early age, Chef Romain Avril applies his world-class culinary skills to teaching gourmet cooking in an approachable style. Though he’s not a vegan, his passion for the healing power of food has inspired him to work on a mostly vegetable-based cookbook. He sat down...
Elite Spotlight : Ruben Maislos (@meatcurator)
Argentinian meat master Ruben Maislos doesn’t just cook to eat. For him, it’s a way of life. Influenced by his South American roots, as well as cultures all over the world, he draws inspiration from fellow social media food influencers and is passionate about sharing what he learns. He...
Elite Spotlight: Guga (Guga Foods)
Guga Goods and his culinary laboratory has produced shocking results — both delicious and horrifying. He sat down with Dalstrong to talk about his love of sous vide, why he’d like to cook a peanut butter steak for Joe Rogan, and his favorite new discovery that came from...
Elite Spotlight: Tway Nguyen (@twaydabae)
Tway Nguyen sat down with Dalstrong to talk about her mom, her love of McDonald’s Sprite, and how her dream to open a froufrou Malibu restaurant shifted to sharing her love of Vietnamese dishes with the world.
Professional kitchens are hidden spaces filled with passion, rage, pain, euphoria, and innovation that few people ever see. There's a fire that burns within chefs, pitmasters, and line cooks as they try to keep pace with relentless demand, always pushing themselves and each other for greatness.