Super Dad Brian Mellott Brings Kitchen Know-How to the Web

When he’s not chasing his three kids or developing new recipes, you’ll find Brian Mellott hard at work on his blog, This Cookin’ Dad. A stay-at-home father of three, Brian took to documenting his weekly cooking adventures several years back to focus on the process that goes into a good family meal. Check out his culinary escapades and beautiful food photography at www.ThisCookinDad.com

Brian’s Blogging Story

Headshot of Brian MellottYears of Experience: 3

Normal hours worked weekly: 20-25

Best part of your job: I love capturing the story of food. In writing or in still images, stories are powerful and I consider myself fortunate to be able to travel and experience those special moments and to talk with the people who carry these incredible stories.

Worst part of your job: There is a reason that I find myself behind the camera. I’m not the most forward person and I don’t particularly care for talking about myself, so the marketing and PR side of food writing and photography are very far outside of my comfort zone. I just want to write and take photos! My greatest difficulty has been trying to create content while trying to manage young kids at home.

Inspiration behind starting your blog: My wife started a blog about eight years ago and asked me to come on board for the food side about three years ago. After attending a conference in late 2012, I realized that I had my own story to share. The art of cooking was not passed down to a large part of my generation and, as I spend time better learning the craft, I want to make sure that my kids gain the skills to be able to prepare their own food from scratch. I also want to broaden their palettes, so I am always excited to bring food and recipes from other areas so that I can expose them to places that I can’t take them yet. I thought that others might want to share in that journey.

Biscuit Head in Asheville, North Carolina

Image by Brian Mellott


What readers should know about your blog: This Cookin’ Dad is my place to share food stories, recreating those stories in my home to share with family, friends, and readers.

Quirkiest part of your job: I am regularly putting dinner on hold so that I can take photos. My kids get impatient sometimes, but have learned that this is part of Daddy’s job.

Peach Picking

Image by Brian Melott


How you feel you fit into the food community: I am sharing my experiences in a way that allows home cooks to participate. I am an entryway for home cooks. While I am all for fresh, organic, free-range, etc. ingredients, I am not one to preach that message. I would much prefer families to eat at home, preparing meals with ingredients that they can afford. Once they have that control, I believe that they will start choosing better ingredients and bring down the cost for all of us.

Shrimp Fry at This Cookin' Dad

Image by Brian Mellott


Funniest experience to result from your job: Kids have a way of reminding you how far you have taken something. It cracks me up when I see them playing with their plastic food toys and setting up the plate and background for a photo.

Want to learn more about Brian Mellott and family? Visit This Cookin Dad for inspirational foodie stories, great recipes, and beautiful imagery. His authentic approach to raising kids while bringing healthful meals to the table certainly makes for a great read.

Chelsea B. Sanz
Chelsea B. Sanz

Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

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