This 51-year-old American chef has mastered barbecuing entire pork using hardwood and charcoal. While growing up, Rodney Scott used to watch and help his father cook. So you see, from helping to becoming a renowned chef, Rodney Scott accomplished a lot.
The “Pitmaster” Rodney Scott is mainly popular for barbecuing a whole hog with perfection. Not only Rodney was awarded the prestigious James Beard Award but also his “Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ” stand took place in Bon Appetit Magazine’s top 50 new restaurants list.
So, let’s dive into to know more about Rodney Scott’s background, personal life, net worth, etc.
Rodney Scott’s Early Life
Rodney Scott’s birth date is still unknown to the public. But he was born in 1971, in Philadelphia. His father is Roosevelt Scott and his mother is Ella Scott.
Scott’s family moved to Pee Dee, South Carolina when he was only one month old. Roosevelt was doing several businesses to feed his family including a gas station, a barbecue restaurant, and a variety store.
After turning 11, Rodney began to work as a helping hand in their family barbecue business, which was located in Hemingway, South Carolina. Rodney’s parents used to smoke an entire pig every week. When the reputation of their cooked pork spread all around, they started to smoke more than seven hogs every day. At the age of 17, Rodney became a full-time worker in their family business.
Rodney Scott believed in hard work and discipline and always helped his parents when he had free time. Kudos to his parents who worked hard day and night, that’s why Rodney never learned to be a lazy person.
Sources confirmed that Rodney was a good student in school and maintained good grades. He completed his bachelor’s degree from the US State University.
Rodney Scott’s Personal Life
After acquiring a prestigious award for his amazing cooking efficiency, people love to follow Rodney Scott’s all social media accounts. In the past few years, Rodney gained a bunch of new followers on his Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube accounts.
However, Rodney doesn’t post or share personal moments on his profiles. He loves to maintain a low profile and only shows off pictures of his newest cuisine from his verified Instagram page. So, people are clueless about Rodney’s dating life.
A few sources claimed that Rodney is happily married to Rose Scott and has a strong bond. But whether the couples have kids or not is yet to be found.
Rodney Scott’s Age, Height, And Weight
Since we don’t know Rodney’s birth date, it’s hard to figure out his current age. Even so, few sources reveal that Rodney is currently 51 years old.
Rodney Scott’s height is 5 feet 7 inches and maintains his body by exercising to look presentable and smart all the time. And his weight is 86 Kg.
Rodney Scott Net Worth And Salary
Some sources report that Rodney Scott’s net worth is approximately $1 million to $5 million. As we mentioned earlier, Rodney isn’t a very expressive one when it’s come to sharing his personal life, salary, and net worth with the media and the public. But it seems from what we know about him that Rodney earns a handsome amount of money from his restaurant.
Rodney Scott’s Career
Rodney grew up watching his parents always busy working in their restaurant. He used to stand with his father during cooking and asked a lot about cooking procedures, spices, etc.
In one interview, Rodney shared his childhood experience. He was 11 back then and wanted to be at a basketball game. But his father Roosevelt gave him a condition that Rodney had to cook a hog first before leaving the house. Excited from the inside, Rodney however maintained the temperature pretty well and cooked the hog exactly the same as his parents used to make it.
Up till now, Rodney uses his father’s process while cooking a pig. At first, he fills the pit with hardwood and charcoal and then slowly smokes the pig for cooking. Surely, this process needs a lot of time, but it’s worth waiting.
Rodney Scott worked hard to gain a position as a pitmaster in international culinary cuisine. And when he earned the recognition, Roosevelt wanted Rodney to move out and open his own place.
Listening to his father, in 2017, Rodney with his friend Nick Phihakis opened their first-ever stand named Rodney Scott’s Hog BBQ in Charleston, and in 2019 he opened another branch in Birmingham.
Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ has one more branch in Hemingway and Rodney Scott and Nick Pihakis are the owners. Rodney himself is the head chef of this branch and the food type is mainly barbecue.
To Rodney, barbecuing is like a reunion party for the people. People gather and connect with each other at a barbecue party. It’s more than a food item. And Rodney loves to barbecue at such places.
Awards And Achievements
(1) Rodney Scott got James Beard Award for the best chef in Southeast in 2018.
(2) Bon Appetit Magazine disclosed that his stand Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ took place in the top 50 new restaurants.
(3) Rodney Scott got the opportunity to get featured on a Netflix series in 2020 called Chef’s Table.
(4) The Washington Post mentioned Rodney a barbecue celebrity.
(5) Rodney Scott was nominated for the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2020.
(6) Texas Monthly acknowledges Rodney as “A Whole Hog Legend.”
Rodney Scott’s Recent Activities
Rodney’s current activity revolves around his restaurant. He is a popular chef in Mexico and over the United States for his tasty barbecue. He sometimes attends cooking shows and barbecue festivals.