Surf and Turf with Dad Chef – Alton McCrea

Deserving Dad Award Winner, Chef Alton, shares his unique and totally delicious Surf & Turf recipe! It’s like having a Panda Express right in your kitchen!


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Alton McCrea
Warehouse Manager

I’m skilled in welding, heavy operations and groundskeeping. Currently, I’m working the night shift in a warehouse, but my goal is to obtain a position with a reputed company utilizing my physical abilities, attention to detail, and technical skills.

Q1 - What’s one tool in the kitchen you wish you had and why?

BBQ Toolset! Fire up the grill, plan a picnic, or invite friends over for a backyard fiesta. And believe it or not, durable grilling tools are necessary for effective grilling!

Q2 - What’s your biggest meal disaster?

I've never really experienced a meal disaster. I just figured that if my food didn't taste like my grandmother's, I needed more practice. My grandmother always expressed that I needed to learn how to cook as a young man so I wouldn't have to fully depend on women for feeding me when I got older.

Q3 - What’s one thing you would like to learn how to make?

I love to cook soul food, but I'm interested in learning new things and it's more than one. LOL

Q4 - If there was one dish you would teach your kid to make, what would it be?

Perlo rice and chicken. It's a classic southern recipe with chicken, smoked sausages and rice very similar to jambalaya but without the tomatoes.

Q5 - What does it mean to you as a dad to cook for your family?

As a black father, I'm appreciated in my community for stepping up as a man. My goal in life is to teach my children to be whoever they want to be no matter what obstacle comes their way. I want to continue being that role model for men like myself.