Chef Tom Jackson

Food Commentator

All Things Barbecue Staff Chef Tom Jackson is a Kansas native, born and raised in Wichita. In 2008 he and his wife moved to Portland, Oregon where he attended Oregon Culinary Institute. Tom studied both general culinary skills as well as baking and pastry while working as a cook in a variety of restaurants. After graduating from Oregon Culinary Institute he began working as a bread baker and pastry chef at the renowned Ken’s Artisan Bakery in northwest Portland. He spent more than four years honing his skills under James Beard Award winning chef and owner Ken Forkish. In that time he and his wife had their first child, and the draw of home and family grew stronger. Longtime friends of the Cary family, owners of All Things Barbecue, they returned to Kansas to help All Things Barbecue continue to excel in their cooking classes. Tom has been further developing and building cooking classes and private events at All Things Barbecue since March 2014.

When you think of great American inventors you likely think of men like Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Edison, and that is no surprise. These two men, and their inventions, gave a great deal to not just this country but the whole world.

But what if I told you there was someone who may be even more worthy of the title of Greatest American Inventor? That man was Oliver Evans.

Bread has been around for roughly 7,000 years, though early breads were very rough versions of what we eat today.

The 1904 World’s Fair in Saint Louis is the center of the modern culinary universe… that is, if you believe everything you read on the internet.

 

The classic roadside diner seems to be a staple of childhood memories and Hollywood films alike.

The history of the hamburger is a murky one…

Chicken fried steak has been a favorite dish of mine as long as I can remember. Even after being diagnosed with celiac disease 5 years ago, I have set aside a day several times each year to make chicken fried steak at home.

Carne asada is a favorite dish throughout Latin America. The term literally translates to "grilled meat," with the meat in this case being beef in the form of skirt, flank or flap steak.

It seems that just about everyone loves cheesecake… myself included. There’s something about the dessert that makes it so enjoyable, including the many variations of cheesecake that exist, but modern cheesecake is not a thing like the original.

25,000 years ago man carved the image of a salmon into the walls of a cave in southern France, and this depiction is the oldest known artistic representation of salmon in the world.

Lobster tail is considered a delicacy by many these days, and certainly not something we think of eating as a quick lunch, or for multiple dinners in one week, but this wasn’t always the case.

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