“Once the show aired ... I got an email from a teacher thanking me for being a representation that he could show his students,” says Jamaica-born, Georgia-based Rasheed Philips, who credits his roots with his second-place success on Netflix’s “The American BBQ Showdown
.” The teacher “mentioned that they had lost a lot of books during COVID and he loved pointing out that I had read so much and connecting that with his students. So I decide, OK, I’m going to do a popup menu and use all the proceeds to buy books for his students… ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad,’ ‘Financial Freedom,’ ‘Shoe Dog,’ by Phil Knight, ‘The Millionaire Next Door,’ ‘The Intelligent Investor.’ I got them books like that, that I wish I had,” he says. “I’m very big on giving back and that is 1,000 percent my mother’s doing.” After Netflix, Philips left his career in IT to focus on his popup, Philips Barbeque Co.
“All the meals I make now are still based on dishes I grew up making with my mom or my grandma or my aunt.” — Rasheed Philips, Philips Barbeque Co.
, Lawrenceville, Georgia, as told to Alison Spiegel (Photo: Lee Garmon) ... less