Nov 6, 2012

Big Daddy's House: Meet Aaron McCargo, Jr.

Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr.
I've developed a love affair with some of the finest Celebrity Chefs and enjoy introducing them to all my friends. You're invited to Food Network's "Big Daddy's House" to meet the man himself, Aaron McCargo, Jr.

Competing in season four of Food Network Star in 2008, "Big Daddy" beat thousands of culinary hopefuls for the ultimate dream job, his own television show. Big Daddy’s House premiered August 3, 2008, and ranked as the number one “In the Kitchen” weekend show during its initial six-episode run. Aaron shares his passion for big, bold flavors and fun, family cooking, from comfort foods to barbecue favorites to breakfast delights. Bringing a down-to-earth vibe and warm smile to the kitchen, he cooks with his children, relatives, friends, and even by himself, while showcasing big food and big fun.

From the age of four, Aaron's love affair with flavorful food reigns supreme. He started baking cakes in his sister's Easy Bake Oven, followed by volunteering at a local hospital at the age of thirteen.  His  entrepreneurial spirit shone through when he sold cookies to childhood friends and family. He honed his culinary skills working at nine New Jersey restaurants and attending Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts. . In 2003, he opened his own restaurant in Camden, N. J. called McCargo’s Restaurant. Most recently, Aaron served as the Executive Chef of Catering at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Born and raised in Camden, N.J., Aaron comes from a large family (he has three brothers and two sisters) whose constant support has helped him achieve his goals. He regularly speaks to youth at community schools and events illustrating that they too can succeed despite the odds. Aaron continues to donate his time to non-profit organizations such as Share Our Strength; he served as the 2009 spokesperson for its Great American Dine Out campaign to help engage the restaurant industry to help end childhood hunger in America. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys Bible study, tennis, Buffalo wings, watching sports and traveling. Married with three children, Aaron lives with his family in New Jersey.

Satisfy your hunger with some of Big Daddy's tasty dishes: Kicked Up Cole Slaw, Chunky Chicken Chili, Big Daddy's Sloppy Joe Burgers,  and Easy Sticky Buns. For more good eats, watch Big Daddy's House and check out Chef McCargo's additional recipies on



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