For 30 years Vic has been traveling around North America speaking on such topics as communication, leadership and how to cook the perfect steak. He approaches each audience with the goal of finding the fun in everything we do. Giving them tips, tricks and techniques whether it’s at a leadership symposium or in a cooking class. Vic’s southern, comedic presentation style has led him to be compared to the likes of Jeff Foxworthy with a little Zig Ziglar thrown in by audiences around the country.
As a writer, Vic’s first published article was in 1990 and he has been going strong ever since. Dovetailing into his speaking career, Vic believes every word carries weight and has purpose. His articles on leadership, motivation and cooking appear in journals around the country every month. Such as Tailgater Magazine, National BBQ News and the Entrepreneurial Chef just to name a few. His weekly blog (link above) is read by thousands and covers a variety of subjects. Vic can also be read on Gunter Wilhelm, B&B Charcoal and National BBQ & Grilling Association websites. Like most cooks, Vic picked up a few things while watching his Mom and Mamaw cook for the family for Sunday dinners. Going to school for communications degrees, he never found the time to get formal culinary training so he had to learn from the best cooks he could find. To be successful, they say surround yourself with folks who are successful. Vic’s has taken this to heart, counting among his close friend’s world champion cooks, which he calls his culinary professors. He has implemented what he’s picked up from his teachers and achieved a Top Ten finish at the World Food Championships among other awards throughout the country.
Grilling, outdoor cooking or BBQ. Whatever you call it, the Chimney Cartel is all over it teaching techniques, hosting contests and encouraging everyone to have fun while they cook. The BBQ and Grilling world are a close-knit community which is why Vic, the Boss of the Chimney Cartel, refers to the Cartel members as family. Vic, an award-winning cook himself, is a teacher at heart so this is at the core of the Chimney Cartel, but he is often heard to say, “If it ain’t fun then why do it” so you can expect a lot of laughs in a Cartel event. The Chimney Cartel will continue to travel the country bringing some fun while teaching outdoor cooking to those looking to elevate their game.