Big Daddy is in the House

by in View All Posts, July 9th, 2009

aaronmccargoI’ve totally been wrapped up in The Next Food Network Star (NFNS) these last few weeks. (Who’s your fave?) While watching this season, I started wondering what was up with last season’s winner, Aaron McCargo Jr. Well, Big Daddy is in the house!

Yesterday I snagged Aaron for some water-cooler chat about his new season of Big Daddy’s House and the current season of NFNS.


SECRETARY CONFIDENTIAL: You’re about to hit your one-year anniversary here at Food Network. Looking back over the past year, is there anything you didn’t expect would be a part of the experience?

AARON: I can’t say there have been any real downs, but I will say that I didn’t understand the flow of everything at first, the demand of my time. I hope to speak to The Next Food Network Star winner at some point, and offer what I’ve learned through all my bumps and bruises, as well as share my high fives. But I can’t call this work–it’s so much fun.

SC: Have you been keeping up with this new season of NFNS?

A: Oh, yes! I’ll be honest with you, it’s kind of tough to watch. It’s so surreal for me. My wife sits there with the kids watching with me, I look over, and I catch her tearing up all over again. I always tell people, it’s night-and-day different from doing NFNS to Big Daddy’s House. On NFNS you don’t have a clue as to what you’re going to do, what the challenge will be, or whether you’re going to be sent home. You can never relax. At Big Daddy’s I can now relax and enjoy it.

SC: So, if you were competing this season, who do you think would be your biggest competition?

A: It’s not as much a cooking competition show this season, as it seems to be more a personality competition. Don’t get me wrong. These guys are definitely great chefs; I can’t take that away from them. But a lot of them have great personality. I think my biggest competition if I had been on this season would have been Jeffrey.

SC: So, having won NFNS last year and now having finished the third season of Big Daddy’s House, do you get the perk of knowing who the new winner will be?

A: Oh, no. I want to be just as excited as everyone else!

SC: Who do you watch on Food Network? If we checked out your DVR, what shows would be recorded?

A: Everyone has their different techniques, but I get a kick out of watching Guy [Fieri]! He really attracts me because I like the way he indulges in the food. I am a big eater, and so he just makes me want to jump into the screen and travel with him. So, maybe Guy should take me on the road? We’ll do Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Big Daddy? You never know.

SC: I like that! What are you bringing to the table for this new round of Big Daddy’s House episodes? Is there anything you’re particularly pumped up about for the season premiering on Sunday?

A: Well, I’m especially excited about the “Ultimate Sandwiches” episode, but I can’t really pick a favorite show or meal for this season. Every meal just exploded in my mouth.

SC: I hear that your youngest son, Justin, makes another appearance on one of the upcoming shows. What does he think about the whole experience?

A: He loves it. My father-in-law came in to be in an upcoming episode. And then Justin was there asking, “When are they going to put on my mic? I need to start cooking and talking with my Dad.” It’s really funny that he has taken ownership–that this is his new job too. I think I’m going to have to cut him a check. He is just running around acting like this is his normal gig, his 9 to 5.

SC: Food Network will have to put together a whole series around him. We could call it “Big Daddy’s Lil House.”

: Ha-ha! That’s perfect!


Thanks to Aaron for chatting with me! Catch all new episodes of Big Daddy’s House this Sunday, 1:30pm/12:30c, and check out Aaron’s personal website over here.

Eat well,

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Comments (27)

  1. Mary Clark says:

    Congrat to your first year and many more to come.I was so happy when Aaron won last season.I wanted to come on that set and pull you to side to tell you to open your mouth.Now I want Jamika to do what she know she can do.

  2. gLORIA says:

    Big Daddy Ilove your cooking show and wii you please e- me youe apple cobbler .Isaw it oncebut seems Ican't find it no more keep on trucking and God bless and by the way I saw you on the 700- CLUB I THINK YOU ARE a WONDERFUL COOK

  3. monty rundle says:

    big daddy, i'm new to tv cooking shows, caught yours this am and i'm very much liking what i see re: your recipes, especialy the meat balls with the mozzerella cheese rolled up inside along with your salad. you fit in handsomely with everyday family cooking and making them relatively easy to prepare. would appreciate very much for the above recipe, i was so interested in your presentation i forgot to write it down. keep up the good work , you have a new fan.

  4. christina says:

    i like your show it is asome!


  5. Marjorie says:

    I love watching Big Daddy and Food Network keeps switching up the time he is on the air. Will someone please tell me when Big Daddy comes on.

    • izzie says:

      I just saw the show this morning…looks as though it's on Friday's @ 10 am. I don't know why this show is only on once a week or why it's on at such a lousy time, particularly as there are many others that FN just keeps running over and over ad-nauseum.
      Does anyone know how to contact FN to find out whether Big Daddy was taken off air (shows seem to be reruns) and why? This was a great show with excellent recipes.


    I love Aaron and I see you writing a book about rubs,sauces,etc.

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