Aaron Mccargo Jr Biography
Aaron McCargo Jr. is an American chef, television personality and television show host who is best known as the winner of the fourth season of the Food Network’s reality television show, The Next Food Network Star.
He has a preference for meats and bold, spicy flavors, and avoids overly complex recipes. He calls the food he cooks “soul food,” but with multiple cultural influences. Big Daddy’s House features members of his family as guests, and each recipe was advertised to utilize five or fewer ingredients (although they usually include more than five).
Aaron Mccargo Jr Age
Aaron was born on July 22, 1971. He is aged 47 years as of 2018.
Aaron Mccargo Jr Net Worth
The American chef has a net worth of $3 million dollars.
Aaron Mccargo Jr Wife/Children/Life
McCargo lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He has a Roman Catholic background. His wife is named Kimberly (née Cosby) and they have three children.
McCargo has a strong Christian faith and is a member of The Living Hope Christian Center in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey. He enjoys playing tennis and watching boxing, as well as playing the drums and listening to music.Aaron Mccargo Jr Photo
Aaron Mccargo Jr Restaurant
In 2003, he opened McCargo’s Restaurant on Cooper Street and the laid back Daspot on Friends Street. The restaurants closed in 2007 after he took a job as executive chef at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and made his first TV appearance a year later.
Pennington and McCargo are working together on several projects, including the beer garden and adjacent Signature 315, a restaurant opening in the fall that will feature tapas, craft burgers and cocktails.
Pennington’s five projects are being supported by up to $80,000 in business improvement incentive grants. The pair are optimistic that the new ventures will keep people in Camden.
“We’re hoping this beer garden will allow people to come in mid-day and hang out until 7 or 8 p.m.,” McCargo said. “You don’t have to go to Cherry Hill or Philadelphia for happy hour. You can stay in Camden.”
Aaron Mccargo Jr Early Life/Education
McCargo was born and also grew up in Camden, New Jersey and is one of six children. At the age of four, he became interested in cooking when he began baking cakes in his sister’s Easy-Bake Oven. He began cooking in his family’s kitchen at age seven. He was encouraged by his father, Aaron McCargo, Sr., who is a fine cook and his mother, Julia, who has a preference for food with a great deal of flavor.
He first studied cooking in a home economics class at Pyne Poynt Middle School in Camden and began cooking as a Junior Volunteer in the kitchen of Cooper University Hospital in Camden at age 13. He took further cooking classes at Camden High School, graduating in 1989. He attended the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey but did not complete the program, leaving after one year to assist his mother with the rearing of his brothers.
Aaron Mccargo Jr Career
Following his graduation from high school, McCargo took a month-long cake cooking class at Wilton Cake in Audubon, New Jersey and began selling cakes and cookies throughout Camden. He has worked in nine restaurants in New Jersey (some while doing on-the-job training during his year at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College).
They include T.G.I. Friday’s, Steak 38, Holmes Lounge, the Marlton Tavern and the former Harbour League Club in Camden and the Armadillo Steakhouse & Saloon in Edgewater Park, New Jersey as sous chef; he also worked at the Armadillo Steakhouse & Saloon in Barrington, New Jersey. Aaron was introduced to the Burlington County, New Jersey area when he opened Citrus in Westampton Township, New Jersey with Ian Russo.
In 2003, he opened his own restaurant, McCargo’s Creative Cuisine. The restaurant was located across from the U.S. Federal Courthouse on Cooper Street, in Camden near Rutgers University in Camden and closed in 2005. He has worked as an executive chef, including at the catering division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he oversaw approximately forty jobs per day. On June 6, 2008, he left his job there due to his demanding television schedule.
In 2008, McCargo entered the fourth season of Food Network’s The Next Food Network Star at the urging of his wife. Aaron beat out 3,990 other entrants as the winner of that year’s competition, the finale of which aired on July 27, 2008. He was awarded a six-episode commitment for his own cooking show on Food Network. His show, Big Daddy’s House, premiered on August 3, 2008 and ended June 18, 2011 with a total of 76 episodes.
The show was ranked as the number one “in the kitchen” weekend show during its initial six-episode run. Food Network renewed the show for a total of six seasons. He has made many public appearances since then and is particularly interested in teaching young people to cook and encouraging them to follow their dreams. McCargo’s own dreams are to open his own restaurant on the Camden Waterfront and to introduce a line of soups.
McCargo makes frequent guest appearances of Paramount Network’s (formally known as Spike TV) Bar Rescue.