Adam's passion for food begins as a kid on Missouri farmlands. He moved to Portland to attend Western Culinary Institute and soon landed at Wildwood Restaurant were he worked his way to executive chef. Adam is a Three-time james beard semi-finalist and lauded as one of the pre-eminent butchery chefs in America. He and his wife won Food Network's Chopped in 2015 and released their first cookbook, Heartlandia, to critical acclaim.