Trey Viehweg is a graduate of Oak Grove High School, PRCC and USM. A resident of Oak Grove, he works for Merchants Food Company.
Paul Sims is originally from Terry and graduated from Terry High School, Hinds Community College and USM. He is owner of The Agency, Inc – Commercial and Personal Insurance.
Trey and Paul met at USM in 2003, where they were both members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. They opened South MS Crawfish in 2015 as a catering-only business. The restaurant opened in 2015 in the current location on Old Hwy. 11, across from G&G Hardware.
What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
Trey: Salt – gives everything flavor
Paul: Hoover Sauce from Louise, MS (Google it!)
What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?
Trey: Anything upbeat
Paul: At the restaurant, it’s got to be Ray Charles Radio
If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Trey: My grandpa, Robert Peter Viehweg
Paul: Anthony Bourdain – best TV chef personality
What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine?
What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had from a diner?
Paul: Boiling eggs with crawfish
What’s the best part about being a chef?
Trey: Seeing people enjoy the food I fixed for them!
Paul: Relaxed atmosphere – easier than my desk job, for sure.
What’s the most challenging part of being a chef?
Trey: Being on time
Paul: Balancing business with everything else
Who is/was your food mentor?
Trey: Don McCloskey
Paul: Joe Showah, Crawdad Hole, Jackson
If you were not a chef in the Pine Belt, what city would you like to work in?
Trey: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Paul: Ocean Springs
What’s your favorite “guilty pleasure” food?
Trey: Loaded Fries
Paul: Chocolate…any kind of candy
What’s your favorite food to cook?
Paul: Any breakfast food
Sweet or savory?
Mild or spicy?
Paul: Not too spicy
Wine or beer?
Paul: We cook crawfish… definitely beer!
Salt or pepper?
Red beans or gumbo?
Trey: Red Beans
Paul: Red Beans, see recipe