< Back to Blog
Original link:

2023-08-31 09:29:25

How My Grandma's Mac 'N' Cheese Got Me On TV • Tasty

video content Image generated by Wilowrid

Hi , my name is Jermaine Rawlings .

And here's a story of how my grandmother's macaroni and cheese got me on TV .

I'm a self taught private chef and I own and operate a company called Frat Boy Cuisines .

I never thought I was gonna be a chef .

Somehow I just fell into this .

I'm originally from Maryland .

I grew up in a family where literally everyone in the house cooks .

I went to college at State University .

Upon graduating , I commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force and I managed to get stationed out in Los Angeles Air Force Base , moving out to L A and being so far away from my family , I really miss the food specifically .

My grandmother's macaroni and cheese .

Man .

This is one thing that I just always remember growing up , we'd have it on a special occasions .

Holidays when I was a kid I probably put on about £20 because of all that good food .

She would make us , it really , really sticks to your ribs .

video content Image generated by Wilowrid

Seeing as though I didn't wanna have to fly all the way back to Maryland .

I gave her a phone call and luckily she was willing to give me the recipe .

The thing that makes my grandmother's macaroni cheese different from , say what you get from a restaurant or some other places is the texture .

It's not too loose but it's not too stiff .

She has those crispy edges around the outside that everyone fights for all that wrapped into one dish .

Just really , really takes things to the next level .

I taught myself how to make it and I feel like I really accomplished something .

I felt like I was at home .

I could get something that I knew and love whenever I wanted to .

I figured I could , I could pretty much do anything from there .

I started venturing out and trying other things .

Being stationed out here .

You run into a lot of people in the military .

You don't have a place to go for like Thanksgiving and me just loving to be around my family .

I can understand how that could be something that's difficult for somebody to be alone for the holidays , living in LA .

I just started hosting a friends giving every year .

It's good to get people together .

They're gonna eat , they're gonna drink .

Everybody's happy at Thanksgiving .

video content Image generated by Wilowrid

When I had all my friends over the macaroni cheese was always a hit .

So from there , I'm like , well , hey , let's start throwing more parties .

Something that got really big were Caribbean nights .

And in my Caribbean nights , I specifically would make this curry chicken , good curry chicken .

Would just hug you .

It's so comforting , it's so warming .

It really makes you feel at home and just makes you feel good .

So now I call it no hurry .

Curry chicken .

I realized I had a little ego .

I'm like , all right .

So this is my thing .

Now , after I got out of the Air Force , I rolled in us c into a program called the MBV program .

They want to teach people how to , you know , start a business halfway through attending grad school is when I auditioned for the show , Master Chef , I was this close to making it on the show , but I didn't make it .

I realized that maybe I do have a talent .

It was my passion .

I enjoyed doing it from there .

Frat boy cuisines was born and master chef wasn't the last chance I had to be on a cooking show .

One day .

video content Image generated by Wilowrid

My friend reached out to me on Facebook and said I should try out for the show on Food Network called Tailgate Battles .

Tailgate Battles is a show where they take the ultimate tailgators and have them compete against each other .

I took my grandmother's macaroni and cheese and then I added jerk chicken with a mango habanero sauce on there .

I thought that it was really , really wild of judges .

One of the judges actually has a Caribbean food truck .

So when he came there , he was like , oh man , you , you really wanna give me a jerk chicken when this is what I do and they really , really loved it .

Your grandmama taught you right .

This , the competition was tough and I made it to the top three .

I didn't win that one .

But hey , they were definitely thoroughly impressed in the dish I prepared .

My grandmother was super excited that I used her macaroni and cheese and she was really , really , really happy , really proud .

My goal is to open up my own restaurant where I have a lot of finger foods , a great vibe , something that people can really enjoy .

video content Image generated by Wilowrid

I don't know what the future holds , but I do know I love cooking and I'm gonna see how far that takes me .


Attention YouTube vloggers and media companies!
Are you looking for a way to reach a wider audience and get more views on your videos?
Our innovative video to text transcribing service can help you do just that.
We provide accurate transcriptions of your videos along with visual content that will help you attract new viewers and keep them engaged. Plus, our data analytics and ad campaign tools can help you monetize your content and maximize your revenue.
Let's partner up and take your video content to the next level!
Contact us today to learn more.