#TPBTH Meet: Jarrod Daughtry
Name, craft/industry/blog/passion, most popular handle/website:
How did you get started?
My passion for good food, travel, connecting with people and sharing positive experiences is why I started my blog and Instagram feed years ago. On The Dixie Dish, I share where you can find some of the best food I’ve experienced, in an effort to help others do the same.
What or who influenced you the most as you were developing your craft?
I’m a traveler from the American South, originally from Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, who’s called 8 different towns, islands, and cities home, traveled to 48 of the United States, and throughout Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Being the son of an U.S. Army soldier afforded me the opportunity to travel to and live in different parts of the world and being the grandson of a farmer thought me to value and appreciate real food and the devotion, commitment, and sacrifice it takes to produce it, so exploring, experiencing new things and learning about different types of foods and cultures was a big part of my life and still influences me to this day.
Why do you love your job?
Since I’ve started The Dixie Dish, I’ve meet so many amazing people, who in turn have shared their favorite food spots with me, and I’ve made some great friends from all different backgrounds. This is what I love the most about what I do; proof of just how powerful food really is and how food brings people together.
What inspires you?
My talented wife and my family, continuously learning, and connecting with others provides me with inspiration.
5 words that describe who you are:
loyal, curious, passionate, thoughtful, enduring
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
I never liked the idea of being just one thing. I first remember wanting to be a lawyer, then a doctor, and then an inventor, and then…
I’m fortunate to be doing what it is I enjoy doing, right now; working for a fun and beloved global cookware brand that allows me to me to connect my interests and work alongside some great people.
3 things you aspire to be or do:
always be open to new experiences, appreciating what I have, and being a better version of me
(Fill in the blank) I appreciate _______ in my life, because _______.
I appreciate the relationships I have in my life, because without them life wouldn’t be as fun.
What was one of the hardest lessons or toughest obstacles you had to overcome?
7 years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes, which came as a complete shock to me as no one in my family is diabetic and I’ve lived what most would consider an active and healthy life up to that point. After the diagnosis, it’s allowed me to live an even healthier life and be much more grateful for each and every day.
Advice for someone who is looking to begin a new hobby/job/life pursuit:
You have to believe and be confident in yourself, before anyone else will ever believe and be confident in you.
Something your followers would be surprised to learn about you:
In college, I won the one and only wing eating contest I’ve ever entered, after eating 99 hot wings within 15 minutes – and that was after having just finished lunch and a couple pitchers of beer. I don’t recommend it.
I love all different types of food with some of my favorites including whole-hog barbecue, Cajun cuisine, local seafood, and traditional northern Indian dishes.
My favorite local beers are Westbrook’s One Claw Rye Pale Ale and Revelry Brewing Company’s Funkmaster Brett & The Furious Hops Belgium India Pale Ale.
“Simple Man” by Lyndyrd Skynyrd
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” –Mark Twain