About Me


chefrick.gifMy name is Rick McDaniel and I have the best job in the world. I’m a food historian and author. I get to spend every day thinking about, writing about, and cooking Southern food! I learned Southern cooking from four generations of cooks in my family, and a friend from Charleston, SC taught me the wonders of Low country cuisine, the delicious blend of seafood and rice from the South Carolina tidal basin.

Even though I’m a native North Carolinian, I’ve always had a special love in my heart for the people and food of Louisiana. Cajun and Creole cooking is one of my specialties, and you’ll find lots of good recipes with a Louisiana flavor in the recipe section.

I love the great variety of food found in my native South — everything from German cuisine to Cajun and Creole to the wonderful spices of Afro – Caribbean cooking .

I have spent time in restaurant kitchens as both chef and helper, including a stint in kitchen hell — cooking pizza eight hours a day while a nearby jukebox blared the Bee Gees and Donna Summer. Yes, that’s how I spent the summer of 1978. I even had to wear a polyester apron! I’ve also cooked in one restaurant where no one I knew made enough money to eat there.

I launched chefrick.com in 1998 as a way to spread my love of Southern cooking and make huge amounts of friends and money. So far, my love for cooking is doing quite well, I have lots of new friends, and I’ve made just enough cash to afford those Gin Su knives I’ve always wanted.