James Beard Award-winning chef and pitmaster Rodney Scott of the Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ restaurants is featured in the new BBQ-themed season of Chef’s Table on Netflix. With its four-episode return, the Emmy-nominated series focuses its lens on the smoky, juicy world of BBQ, and Rodney's is a particularly personal and moving episode.
This poignant episode delves not just into the importance of the whole hog BBQ tradition to the culture of the South and Rodney's commitment to preserving this heritage, but into the forces that created the man Rodney is today. It recounts his journey from a very lonely, solitary childhood in a small Southern town where the only seeming escape was through daydreams, and captures his fraught relationship with a father who felt that his son's ambitions should be limited to the confines of his own backyard. Rodney's story tells of a fire that threatened to devastate his dreams, the mantra that saw him through it all, and his struggle to evolve past the limitations imposed by his family and community to discover a wider world of possibility.