Chef Tom Jackson is a Kansas native, born and raised in Wichita. In 2008 he and his wife moved to Portland, Oregon where he attended Oregon Culinary Institute. Tom studied both general culinary skills as well as baking and pastry while working as a cook in a variety of restaurants. After graduating from Oregon Culinary Institute he began working as a bread baker and pastry chef at the renowned Ken’s Artisan Bakery in Northwest Portland. He spent more than four years honing his skills under James Beard Award-winning chef and owner Ken Forkish.
In that time he and his wife had their first child, and the draw of home and family grew stronger. Longtime friends of the Cary family, owners of All Things Barbecue, they returned to Kansas to help All Things Barbecue continue to excel in their cooking classes. Tom has been further developing and building cooking classes and private events at All Things Barbecue since March 2014.
Chef Tom fires up the Le Griddle Stainless Steel Teppanyaki Grill for a Blackened Blue Cheese Burger featuring Black Garlic Aioli, Smoked Blue Cheese Dressing and blue cheese studded brisket blend burger patties!
Chef Eric Gephart fires up the Kamado Joe Classic III for Quick & Easy Butter Roasted Lobster Tail. This method increases the surface area for more roasted lobster butter flavor, decreases cooking time and makes for a beautiful presentation!
Chef Tom fires up the Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill for Chicago Style Italian Beef Sandwich, smoke-roasted on the grill, sliced thin and topped with scratch-made Giardiniera and dipped in rich beef jus!