Who I Am


Brandon has consistently  shown true professionalism and great promise for the future, and always goes above and beyond in any event or project. I am convinced that he will be an asset to any venue he is assigned.
I am certainly confident he will enhance any operation that he chooses to participate in.

Greg J. Eisele C.C.C./PC-II
President A.C.F. Smoky Mountain Chapter
Culinary Director
University of Tennessee

My first job was washing dishes at the International House of Pancakes in Atlanta when I was 15 years old. After working my way through high school and college in restaurants, bars and nightclubs, I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism.
After a 10-year stint as a reporter and editor, I had dreams of returning to the kitchen and opening my own restaurant; therefore, I decided to go back to school at the University of Tennessee’s Culinary Program to improve my cooking skills. Upon graduation, I cooked in various kitchens, including Knoxville's Civic Center, the Conference Center, downtown's Windows on the Park and other high-end facilities, while planning the construction of a fully equipped, upscale food trailer.

​I built my rig from the ground up with a trailer manufacturer in south Georgia, installed all my appliances and hit the streets in October 2013.

​Since then, I have vended at numerous festivals, catered countless weddings and events, and taught many culinary courses at the University of Tennessee. In 2016, I relocated to North Georgia (Dahlonega area), where I started a mini-farm. I offer meats, eggs, produce and more via a separate operation with permits obtained through the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Please see the Farm link for more information

I focus on fresh, sustainable, local food for happy living.

​I have been featured in a number of publications and on local news stations.

​By the way, the name Gonzo Gourmet is a reference to the late, great journalist Hunter S. Thompson and is not affiliated whatsoever with a blue puppet.