• Top Chef: Martha Mixon

    Martha Mixon, right, is a native of the Sanford/Union Church communities just up Hwy. 49 North. She and her husband, Tommy, have two children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, but they consider their entire staff as family. They started the business in 1984 and with the exception of one five-year hiatus, they’ve been keeping customers happy on the side of Hwy. 49 for a long time.

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
    Salt 
     
    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?
    Soft

  • Top Chef: Alex Tardy of Tabella

     

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
    Salt and Pepper

    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?
    I listen to rock music while cooking, something able to match the cooking conditions.

    If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
    My family.

    What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine?
    Thai or Indian

  • Signature Magazine's Top Chef

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
    Garlic
     
    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?
    Blues and Jazz
     
    What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine?
    Cajun
     
    What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had from a diner?
    Burger cooked for 5 seconds on each side.
     
    What’s the best part about being a cook? 
    Enjoying people’s reaction to food.
     

  • TOP CHEF: scott martin

    Scott Martin is the owner of Bop’s Frozen Custard & The Lawn Ranger Landscape, Lawn & Irrigation. Scott is a Jones Junior College and Mississippi State graduate. He is married to wife Jamie and has two children, James Harris and Mary Ann.

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
    Onions

    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?
    Shuffle on Pandora or iTunes

    If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
    My Grandmother, Christine Pridgen

  • Top Chef: Wayne McQueen

    60 seconds with Chef Wayne McQueen of Half Shell Oyster House

     

    Wayne McQueen, Managing Partner/Head Chef, 37, USM  BS Hospitality Management, Marriage to Amy McQueen, 2 children (Valerie 8, David 2)

     

     

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without? Cheese!

    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking? Classic rock

    If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Grandmother

    What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine? Mexican

  • Signature Top Chef: Tom White

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without? Passion

    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?  Americana

    If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?   My family

    What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine? Italian

    What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had from a diner? A no egg omelette

    What’s the best part about being a chef? Eating your work

    What’s the most challenging part of being a chef? It's a young man's game

  • Top Chef: Jessica Jacobs, Town Square Cafe & Bakery

    Jessica Jacobs, 34, hails from Saucier, where she grew up with four sisters and two brothers. She attended Jeff Davis Community College. Her cheesecake won a bronze medal at the American Culinary Federation Culinary Classic in 2008.

     

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?

    Strawberries

     

    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?

    I’m surrounded by noise in the restaurant all day, so when I bake, I prefer silence. I find it soothing.

     

  • Top Chef: Trey Viewheg and Paul Sims

    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.

     

  • Top Chef: Evan Curry, The Porter

    Evan Curry, 29, and grew up in Jackson, where he lived for 18 years. He then moved to Starkville, where he met his wife - Emily Curry - and graduated from Mississippi State University (Hail State). He likes long walks on the beach, Simon Pegg movies, and filling out professional questionnaires like they are meant for a dating website.

     

     

  • Top Chef: Garrett Marlin, Mercury Pizza

    Garrett Marlin, 36, graduated from Hawaii Pacific University. He grew up in New Jersey, Texas and Colorado. He has three brothers who live in New York, Austin, Texas and Denver.  In 2013,  he won the World’s Best Pizza Stretcher at the International Pizza Games in Las Vegas, Nev. He also placed third in the Western Regional Division for his pizza that year.  His mom says he’s the best pizza guy in the world.

     

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
    Flour for baking

     

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