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Our Mission

 

To be a premier custom kitchen cooking and grilling simple, fresh and delicious food.

 
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About our Team

Chef Giacomo Pastore shares a rich family tradition of culinary talent while partner (and wife) Alice Young brings her organizational management skills to the business. The team will impress you with their knowledge, skill and passion for all things culinary, but their message is easy to remember: simple, fresh, delicious, brought to you!

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The Outdoor Chef is Hanover County’s premier mobile kitchen!

The Outdoor Chef is the caterer who doesn’t mess up your kitchen; the party that pulls up, lets you have a blast entertaining, and then pulls away when everyone has enjoyed their fill, leaving you with only a full tummy, happy memories, and some leftovers – if you’re lucky!

 
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Our Story

 

For those who thought the grill was for hamburgers, hot dogs, and the occasional steak for special events, The Outdoor Chef is a total paradigm shift.

 
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At age seven, Giacomo began learning about grilling various types of meat over wood as he helped his father cook steaks, hamburgers, lamb, pork and turkey for family meals. Giacomo’s father had mastered grilling techniques by watching his father who emigrated to America from Italy in the early 1900s.

In a fortuitous set of circumstances, Giacomo accidentally made his first pulled pork BBQ as a teenager. A friend had asked him to cook a whole ham over wood. Giacomo was annoyed that the ham took more than twenty-four hours to reach the correct internal temperature. His father tasted the meat and announced that Giacomo had created delicious pork BBQ. Thereafter, Giacomo’s love for cooking over wood continued to grow.

Giacomo’s love for cooking expanded as he learned about creating classic Italian dishes such as minestrone, macaroni and cheese, stuffed shells and lasagna while watching his mother and grandmother cook. He excels in cooking these and many other tasty dishes over wood.

 

 

LEAD STAFF

 

GIACOMO PASTORE

ALICE YOUNG
Owners

 

GIACOMO PASTORE
Executive Chef

 

ALICE YOUNG
General Manager

 

 

 


 
Smoked Chicken

Smoked Chicken

Giacomo's Signature Home Made Pizza

Giacomo's Signature Home Made Pizza

Giacomo's Chilli con Carne

Giacomo's Chilli con Carne

Grilled Veggies and Italian Sausage

Grilled Veggies and Italian Sausage

Fettuccine with cherry tomatoes and goat cheese

Fettuccine with cherry tomatoes and goat cheese

Creating wood chip for smoking

Creating wood chip for smoking

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Because each event is ‘to order,’ we do take requests, and can customize a menu to any of your precise wishes and tastes!

Different types of wood for smoking!

Different types of wood for smoking!

Grilled tomatoes and garlic bread!

Grilled tomatoes and garlic bread!

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Grilled Figs with balsamic vinegar

Grilled Figs with balsamic vinegar

Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

Fusilli with tomatoes, black olives

Fusilli with tomatoes, black olives

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon

Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

 
 

Some of our Favorites!

We arrive, set the fire, do some prep, and then use the grill to prepare the wood-fired choice of the day!

These are some of our favorite dishes, please check with our staff to create your own special menu. Chef Giacomo is happy to make what you want!

 
 

Meats

Pulled pork barbecue

slowly smoked over wood for 12+ hours pork, served with Giacomo signature BBQ sauce

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pork tenderloin

Italian sausage

bratwurst sausage

 

FAJITAS WITH GRILLED CHICKEN OR BEEF

lime juice, sauteed bell peppers and sweet onions, lettuce, chopped fresh tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, grated cheese, tortillas

 

Grilled chicken breasts

served with one of  Giacomo’s special sauces

 

Smoked or grilled salmon

 

 

Side Dishes

twice-baked potatoes

Stuffed with roasted peppers, onions, garlic, heavy cream, cheddar cheese, sauteed bell peppers and onions

 

Baked macaroni & Cheese

Giacomo's specialty, with lots of cheese and cream  

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Grilled mixed vegetables

tomatoes, button mushrooms, bell peppers, sweet onions

 

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Soups

Minestrone

green beans, lima beans, green peas, corn, carrots, kale, spinach; basil pesto 

 

Chicken and rice soup

smoked chicken, rice, carrots, onions, celery, fresh rosemary, garlic, olive oil, black pepper

 
 
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