Quintessential Dish: Chanterelle soup with chestnut pudding and pear
Early Connection to Food: "My grandfather had a farm (in Castalian Springs, Tennessee) and my grandmother had a diner. She makes really good crowder peas. They're a bit heartier than field peas. She would just cook them really slow with ham hocks, onions, celery and thyme. She used ham stock to cook them, and a little hot sauce to finish."
Defining Physical Characteristic: His spiky, upswept hairdo (sometimes hidden under a trucker cap).
Seed Saving: While working at McCrady's, which grows a lot of its own produce, he helped take care of the heirloom seed bank.