It wasn’t a permanent decamping, but for a certain pivotal time, Atlanta, Georgia native Aaron Siegel left the South for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York (after completing his studies at the University of Georgia). The stay up north wasn’t permanent; Siegel was in pursuit of food.
After an internship with Chef Kevin Rathbun in Atlanta, Siegel moved to Aspen, Colorado, to work as sous chef at Pinion’s and Cache Cache. He next took his fine-dining skills to Charleston, South Carolina, as executive chef at Blossom Café. Back in his element, Siegel kept his eye out for a space, where he could one day channel his growing love for barbecue.
In fall 2006, Siegel opened Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ—combining the best of at least two worlds with a barbecue and blues concept—in nearby West Ashley, and three years later, he and his investors opened a second location on Sullivan’s Island. And in his most recent project, Siegel partnered with The Alley to open Home Team Kitchen in downtown Charleston.
In addition to being featured on the Food Network’s “Heat Seekers,” Fiery Ron’s has racked up accolades, including nods for “Most Life Changing Ribs in America” by Esquire, “Best Rib-Sticking Joint in America” by Southern Living Magazine, and “America’s Tastiest Ribs” by USA Today. And Siegel has remained a dedicated Southern boy.