Who is Chef Bob?
Chef Bob Aungst is a New England native, growing up in New Jersey, and launching his career in upstate New York. He was classically trained at Schenectady College, graduating with a Culinary Arts degree, following a successful career as a real estate broker. In his 20+ years in hospitality, he has worked some of the largest sporting, political, and private events, including the Kentucky Derby, Presidential Inaugurations, and the Super Bowl. He’s had the pleasure of serving three U.S. Presidents, numerous members of Royal Courts, and countless political leaders. On average, he overseas the service or preparation of 2 million meals each year.
Why hire Chef Bob?
Chef Bob is unique in that he’s both an artist and a manager. His many years of experience in the hospitality industry have given him an acute understanding of both “front of house” and “back of house” operations. He enjoys both the attention to details that make an event a special experience, and the craft of creating a menu that will impress even the most discerning of guests. Your event, engagement party, wedding, interactive dinner, or intimate dining experience will be special and one of a kind. Each of Chef Bob’s events are created around a hand crafted menu. You won’t choose from a preset of food groupings, but instead, give life to the dream event you envision. With Chef Bob, it’s about the relationship–the connection doesn’t end when the event is over. Clients remain lifelong friends.
The Rocks, Sticks & Hell Story
During the Spring of 2014, little did anyone realize that an obscure request, at a ridiculous hour of the night would lead to the creation of Rocks, Sticks & Hell brand. An abridged recount of that evening follows.
It was midnight in a quaint house in central Florida….
“I want chocolate cake… with homemade frosting…. please.”
:“Do we have the ingredients for frosting, honey?”
“We have these chocolate bars from last Christmas, mint chocolate cocoa powder, and half a sea salt almond chocolate bar… will that work??”
:“How about corn syrup?”
“Ummm.. no, I can’t have that.. can you use honey, or agave…?”
“No. I have buttermilk though! And there’s only two eggs… Can you make up the difference with six quail eggs for the cake?”
These ingredients, now affectionately referred to as rocks, sticks and hell, were transformed that night, into a gluten free chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. From seemingly nothing, something was created–a challenge Chef excitedly tackled. Chocolate frosting has few ingredients, and is not a complex process, but the opportunity to use unusual or odd ingredients, which were on hand at that moment was thrilling, intriguing, perplexing, and delightfully fun.