Feb 8, 2021

THE HOT SEAT: Dave Snyder of Halyards Restaurant Group, St. Simons Island, GA

Chef, restauranteur, and avid fisherman, Dave Snyder loves the "old school" element of cooking over an open wood fire. His recipe for Georgia Speckled Trout with Crab Scampi Butter Sauce features his love for locally sourced seafood.

Oct 6, 2020

THE HOT SEAT: Isaac Morton of Smithey Ironware

Isaac Morton's passion for quality cast iron cookware led him to found Smithey Ironware Co. and his love of open fire cooking made our Kettle the perfect addition to his backyard. 

Sep 3, 2020

THE HOT SEAT: Kristian Niemi of Bourbon & Black Rooster

Cooking and entertaining are an integral part of this chef’s life, and he brings life to any event when he’s participating in it, especially if there’s something to be cooked over an open fire on a Sea Island Forge Kettle.

Aug 3, 2020

THE HOT SEAT: Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke Competition BBQ and A Sharper Palate

A household name on the competition BBQ circuit, Tuffy Stone has a philosophy that we can get fired up about.  “Fire has this quality about it where people as a group come together. It’s a gathering point"

Jul 10, 2020

THE HOT SEAT: Anya Fernald of Belcampo

I love a good instagram rabbit hole. I’m fascinated by the amazing companies and the talented people pouring their hearts into their passions. This is how we met Anya, the co-founder and owner of Belcampo Meat Company.

Jun 8, 2020

THE HOT SEAT: Jay Ducote of Gov't Taco

Jay has made a name for himself when it comes to all things sizzling on a grill. Pancakes for 30 on our griddle - no problem. The whole kitchen sink on our grill for an LSU tailgate - a breeze!

May 5, 2020

AT HOME: Nick and Beth Richardson

Since “going out” became “going outdoors”, our Forge Families have found themselves spending more time around the Kettle. We caught up with Nick & Beth who bought a Kettle as a housewarming present for themselves (smart!) It’s since become the centerpiece of time spent with their girls.

Apr 9, 2020

THE HOT SEAT: David Carrier of Certified Burgers & Beverage

Based in our hometown - The Golden Isles - Chef David Carrier of Certified Burgers and Beverage is a big guy with an even bigger heart.  Along with wife, Ryanne, Dave and several other local chefs have spearheaded a program called Meals to Heal providing dinners for families of single mothers.  He shared his delicious Al Pastor Marinade with us and why he loves cooking on his kettle “It’s just the versatility...You don’t have to move: the appetizer, entree, to roasting marshmallows and sipping bourbon.” We like his style!

Sep 16, 2019

The Hot Seat: Chef Andrea Griffith of Pursell Farms

By Stephanie Burt of The Southern Fork Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Ala., is a long way from a childhood on front porc...

Jul 1, 2019

The Hot Seat: Chef Bob Cook of Edmund's Oast

By Stephanie Burt of The Southern Fork It’s easy to know that Chef Bob Cook is a SIF fan -- one is sitting right outs...

May 2, 2019

The Hot Seat: Chef Chris Hastings of Ovenbird + Hot & Hot Fish Club

Chef Chris Hastings is a fixture in Birmingham, AL. His restaurants, Hot and Hot Fish Club and Ovenbird, are some of the most lauded in the city, and he cut his culinary teeth working for such heavy hitters as Jeremiah Tower and Birmingham colleague Frank Stitt. 
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