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Life & Work with Aaron Dodson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Dodson.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’m Aaron Dodson. I’m a young aspiring chef and self-taught food photographer from Baltimore, Maryland. Growing up in a large family meant there was always some type of family function going on. Of course, with every birthday party, holiday dinner, and summer cookout, we had to have food. Now when I say food, I don’t mean little hors d’oeuvres and finger sandwiches. When it came to my family, a feast was always the way to go, even when it was less than six people.

I fell in love with cooking as a kid while watching and helping my dad in the kitchen. He learned from his parents and they from theirs. I decided at the age of ten that I wanted to be a chef. So, for the next decade, I worked just to do that. I decided to get my business degree after high school to get a grasp of what it took to build a brand.

After four years of schooling, I decided to pick up my life and go to school again. Late that summer in August of 2018, I moved to upstate New York. It was there that I spent two years getting classically trained in the art of food at The Culinary Institute of America. If I was told a couple of years ago that I’d be starting a food blog, I would’ve probably laughed. This was definitely not in my plan, but with any dream, I had to adjust. I realized that I loved showing others that anyone could enjoy cooking.

As you probably can tell, I’m obsessed with food. I knew that I was a true foodie when I started planning my days around my meals. Thinking about that for a while helped me create the name of my blog and private dining/catering business, Be Greedy Eats. Food was always the one thing that could stand the test of time. It brought my family and friends together despite their differences. No matter what we’re going through, food has the ability to change our entire mood.

I believe that the best food comes from the heart and soul. I didn’t grow up using recipe cards at all. There was no teaspoon of this or that. My dad and the older ladies in my life would just tell me when to stop adding. They cooked with their taste buds and always knew exactly what was missing. From them, I decided to change a hobby into a career; and, I haven’t looked back since.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’ve had a lot of good days and experiences in my field, but it has not been an easy road. Being an entrepreneur on top of being a full-time employee is a lot. I have worked for several clubs and catering businesses while building my own personal brand. A lot of my personal time has gone into building my brand. I was very discouraged when I went into culinary school because so many of my classmates wanted to follow a specific way of making it in the food industry. They wanted to work in the best Michelin Star restaurants in the world. I felt really bad for a long time for not wanting that same dream. But, over time, I realized that every path is not meant for every person. I am so glad that I stayed on my own path and followed what made me happy.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a Private Dining/Catering Chef and Food Photographer in the DMV Area. I specialize in elevated comfort and Southern Cuisine. I love taking old family recipes and changing them up to make them even better for the modern consumer. I am most proud of my hard work ethic and passion for food. I am the type of person who will not stop until every single dream I have in and outside of my industry is accomplished. The biggest thing that sets me apart is that I put love into every dish that I create. My dad taught me that if there is no love in the food that others eat, they will easily be able to taste it.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
What I love about Baltimore is how large and small of a city it is. Baltimore has so many hidden gems from hotels to restaurants to landmarks. It is in the center of so many major cities. You can go 5 minutes down the road in Baltimore and be in an entirely different place. The cultures and people are so different, but make up this small city.

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Image Credits
All of the photos of me were shot by the following photographer: Ruth Addisu Content Developer & Owner of Channel Nineteen Website: www.channelonenine.com

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