McCargo hopes bold comfort food wins new fans

Tue Feb 3, 2009 9:58am EST
 
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - American chef Aaron McCargo is hoping that bold versions of American comfort food will appeal to new fans.

The 37-year-old New Jersey native won his own show, "Big Daddy's House", on the Food Network in a grueling television competition last year. The second season, which started in January, features his twists on familiar fares like hamburgers and Buffalo chicken wings.

He spoke to Reuters about his passion for bold flavors and how to stretch the food budget.

Q: What is the biggest difference between the dishes you make in the new season and the first season?

A: "I'm offering a lot more suggestions if you want to go either the high-end of cooking or the low-end of cooking. I'm also teaching people that they can bring kids into the kitchen and what to have the kids do once they are in the kitchen."

Q: Times are tough. Can families still afford to liven up their meals?

A: "No one really wants to spend money on groceries. I want to prove them wrong because you want to treat yourself every now and then. My whole outlook is to show how you can treat yourself to that one great dish if you decide to break the bank, whether it's a salad or an entree."

Q: What is the best tip to stretch the food budget?   Continued...

 
<p>Chef Aaron McCargo in an undated photo. McCargo is hoping that bold versions of American comfort food will appeal to new fans. The 37-year-old New Jersey native won his own show, "Big Daddy's House", on the Food Network in a grueling television competition last year. REUTERS/Food Network/Handout</p>