Biography

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Chef. Teacher. TV Personality. Restaurateur. With over 20 years of experience from restaurant operations throughout the country, Aaron Deal, CEC earned his formal culinary training at Johnson & Wales University and has garnered a 2009 James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef Nomination. He has been highlighted in multiple national publications for his work (Southern Living, Food and Wine, USA Today, Garden & Gun) and has appeared in national broadcasts on The Food Network and The CBS Early Show. His restaurant, The River and Rail, located in Roanoke, VA has garnered mentions twice in Southern Living’s Top 100 Restaurants in the South and ranked #2 of 10 in USA Today’s Best Southern Fine Dining Restaurants in America. In 2016, he formed Deal & Associates, a restaurant consulting firm, to help others launch their hospitality visions. Deal was recently recognized as a 2020 “40 under 40” business leader (Roanoker Magazine) for not only his work as a restaurateur/consultant, but his continued volunteering, teaching and mentoring.

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