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
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. Recently, I relocated to North Georgia (Dahlonega area), where I started a mini-farm. I have begun jarring and marketing my foods, sauce, spices and more, which will soon be available for purchase under the "Shop" link on this website and at local markets.
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.