Chef Alfred Mann has held various titles across the restaurant industry, from an executive chef at an Italian restaurant to a personal chef for professional basketball players.
But the cuisine that captured Mann’s heart from the time he was a small child is barbecue.
“I grew up in Kissimmee, Florida, eating barbecue from a gentleman named Gene Daniels,” Mann told TODAY Food. “His style of barbecue was North Carolina. He’d make vinegar-based sauces and I remember there was a train that passed through where he was barbecuing and the train would stop and guys would get off the train to get his food, even though they had a schedule — that was my first experience with really good barbecue.”
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