Hello to All,
My name is Randy, I'm 45 years old. I am the executive chef and president of The Plantation on Sunnybrook and Plantation Creations Catering and Events located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke, Virginia.
I'm happy that I found this place. My pedigree is less than impressive. I've worked in the foodservice industry my whole life, studying under awesome chefs and hiring some pretty good ones too. I've honed my craft mainly from "knuckleheads" like me (chefs that are passionate and talented but not formally educated). It has served me well, I've fed 2 U.S. Presidents, a Princess, 1 future President (Sarah Palin), countless other celebrities and politicians. The sphincter factor is always higher with people who know good food and I like that kind of pressure.
I've always loved smoked foods. It is what probably got me into this career path. I am mainly self taught with an uncanny talent to make food taste great, but I love to learn and this place looks like it is chock full of knowledgeable knuckleheads.
I roll with several pieces of equipment. I use a little Cookshack 150 in the restaurant that used to be my only smoker. If I had big events I would run it 2 weeks straight but it never let me down. I've recently purchased a custom trailer smoker from Apex Industrial Equipment here locally that is a beast. They don't have a website but as soon as it is finished I will post pics. I also do a lot of big outdoor events and I have 2 six foot Magicater propane grills that jam.
I'm looking forward to sharing knowledge with y'all.