Variety is the spice of life! Get to know GrillGrrrl contributors a little better by reading their bios below. If you would like to contribute to GrillGrrrl.com, please drop me a line at email@example.com with article ideas.
Paul Sidoriak; Big Green Egg Enthusiast and author of the site Grilling Montana:
Paul moved to Montana in 1996 to shake off the cobwebs of college and further pursue his passion for fly-fishing. After a few years working in the ski industry, he worked for a variety of food and beverage companies like Red Bull North America, Hostess Brands, and Nestle which made him a road warrior and put him in a hotel most week nights.
On weekends, he craved a home cooked meal and this fueled his passion for grilling. When his old gasser finally rusted thru, he got a Big Green Egg and began sharing his culinary successes and failures on his website Grilling Montana.
Paul likes to embrace grilled dishes that are different and thought provoking like grilled peaches, onion rings, and french toast mostly done over hardwood lump charcoal. You can check out what he has been grilling at Grilling Montana and would be honored if you follow him on Facebook.
Jesse Black; Chef and Temperature Expert: “From the time I could walk I was in the kitchen. When I was four I taught my aunt how to make jello, at 11 I was working (under the radar) for my dad in the family restaurant and by the time I was 24, I was the General Manager of a 72-year-old Mexican restaurant in the heart of San Antonio, TX.
A few years later I followed my wife to Utah where I became the Culinary Manager for a high-volume Italian restaurant chain. While working full-time in the kitchen I was also cracking the books at Utah Valley University. Most people who go to school for as long as I did are called doctors, but my passion was in something altogether different. I graduated with a BS in Communications (emphasis in Public Relations) and moved out of the restaurant and into the temperature biz.
My background in restaurants, coupled with a passion for outdoor cooking, landed me with ThermoWorks – a company specializing in professional temperature tools, and home of the Super-Fast Thermapen. There I am the Public Relations guru and Social Media magnate.
When I’m not slingin’ thermometers, I’m at home hanging out with my wife and three kids. I try to cook outside at least once a week (even in the dead of winter) and experiment with new recipes and ingredients as much as I can; and when I’m not cooking, I’m writing about cooking. Go figure!”
Dillon Black- Competition BBQ Buff from “Bubba and Son BBQ”, Communications Grad and Newest Contributor to GrillGrrrl.com:
In my family we have always gathered for celebrations around food, but more specifically BBQ! My father, a 20 year veteran of competition BBQ, and myself started our own competition BBQ team in the summer of 2007 called Bubba & Son BBQ. In the BBQ world my father has always been called Bubba (we are still trying to figure out why…) and you can guess the rest.
I am the 2012 graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in Communications and am working as a salesman for my father’s small distribution business. I currently reside in Hickory, NC, with my girlfriend of five years, Amy and our yorkiepoo, Rosco and cat, Casper- whom all enjoy their jobs as taste-testers.
You can follow our competition team on facebook (www.facebook.com/bubbasonbbq ). If we are going to be near a town near you, I would love to meet and talk with you more about BBQ or anything really! Feel free to email me with blog ideas or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Lara: Foodie, Writer and Newest Contributor to GrillGrrrl.com:
I’m a Brooklyn native who now lives in South Florida with my husband and our two children. I started my professional career in fashion merchandising and production in New York.
In 2009, when we moved to South Florida I got a job at The Palm Beach Post as a web producer for their entertainment site and caught the writing bug. While at The Palm Beach Post I chased gourmet food trucks, interviewed James Beard award winning chefs and profiled local chefs and foodies including Grill Girrl, Robyn Medlin.
I was a foodie before that was an officially coined term. While I’m nowhere near chef status I am adventurous in the kitchen and have never met an empanada I didn’t love.
Neil Gallagher- Founder & Pitmaster, Too Sauced To Pork BBQ Team:
Neil Gallagher grew up in New Orleans and Memphis and knows good food and good BBQ! He is the newest contributor to GrillGrrrl.com- sharing his knowledge of Grilling and BBQ as the founder and Pitmaster of the Too Sauced To Pork BBQ team that competes at “Memphis in May” also known as “The Superbowl of Swine”.
Blake Marcum: Certified BBQ Judge and Team Member of Sweet Swine o’ Mine Championship BBQ Team :
Blake Marcum is an eight year competition BBQ competitor who has been a certified MBN judge for one year. This native born Southerner from Memphis, TN believes that Memphis BBQ is the only way to do BBQ right, but appreciates the styles that have been made popular in other parts of the country. His motto on all things Q is simple: “Low and slow, sweet with heat, muddy like the Mississippi River… now THAT is BBQ!”His passion for the creativity and his competitive nature have been the driving force behind the success he had as co-captain of the Too Sauced To Pork BBQ team for 7 years. He recently joined the Sweet Swine O’ Mine Championship BBQ team, who were the 2009 Memphis in May Grand Champions. Blake plans to actively compete and judge throughout the year and always reminds people of the reason he does it: “The friends I make at every competition and the feeling of family among competitors is truly something to cherish and enjoy. It’s why I keep coming back for more.”
Eric Chester MBN Judge, Foodie, Grill Master for Too Sauced To Pork BBQ Team:
In the world of BBQ the saying goes don’t trust a skinny cook…for me that just isn’t true. Born and raised in Selmer, TN I learned the art of BBQ by helping my father with the local cooks on a cinder block pit. When I moved to Memphis for college, friends often called on me to man the grill during parties. I use the same concepts I learned from my dad when coming up with different takes on a dish. When asked what is on it he often replied, “I just drug it through the kitchen.” I take that concept to heart and look at everything in the kitchen as a potential ingredient. I have become the team’s Sous Chef…I’m always bouncing around asking if anyone needs help with their turn -in. At the end of the day, for me, it’s the love of creating that keeps me cooking and enjoying food.
Blake Daniels is a native of Upstate NY that caught the homebrewing bug a few years ago. Over the years, his little “hobby” has evolved into a full-on obsession and taken over the family’s garage (to the dismay of his wife and children). Although he doesn’t yet have a wall full of awards and medals, he brews some great beer that is loved by his thirsty crew of family and friends.
Ellen Pease, Food Truck Owner, Foodie, and long time Friend of Robyn’s (GrillGrrrl)
Ellen Pease is the co-owner of the mobile food ventures CKatering, catering service, and CKrepes, food cart. After being part of the food & beverage world for over 15 years, she and her partner, Conan Kobayashi, decided to turn their passion for food into their own business. CKatering is food on the move!
Eating has always been more than just consuming food for Ellen. Food is the focus of every
great moment in life. Ellen strives to share those moments through her food and service to create something memorable and exciting for others. She likes to focus on freshening classic recipes while exploring her umami side. American classics and Japanese flair have influenced her cooking style.
Don’t forget: No meal is complete without a great glass of wine or micro brew!