Top Chef: Trey Viewheg and Paul Sims

Trey Viehweg is a graduate of Oak Grove High School, PRCC and USM. A resident of Oak Grove, he works for Merchants Food Company.

Paul Sims is originally from Terry and graduated from Terry High School, Hinds Community College and USM. He is owner of The Agency, Inc – Commercial and Personal Insurance.

Trey and Paul met at USM in 2003, where they were both members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. They opened South MS Crawfish in 2015 as a catering-only business. The restaurant opened in 2015 in the current location on Old Hwy. 11, across from G&G Hardware.


What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?

Trey: Salt – gives everything flavor

Paul: Hoover Sauce from Louise, MS (Google it!)


What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?

Trey: Anything upbeat

Paul: At the restaurant, it’s got to be Ray Charles Radio


If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Trey: My grandpa, Robert Peter Viehweg

Paul: Anthony Bourdain – best TV chef personality


What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine?

Trey: Fajitas

Paul: Sushi


What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had from a diner?

Trey: Artichokes

Paul: Boiling eggs with crawfish


What’s the best part about being a chef?

Trey: Seeing people enjoy the food I fixed for them!

Paul: Relaxed atmosphere – easier than my desk job, for sure.


What’s the most challenging part of being a chef?

Trey: Being on time

Paul: Balancing business with everything else


Who is/was your food mentor?

Trey: Don McCloskey

Paul: Joe Showah, Crawdad Hole, Jackson


If you were not a chef in the Pine Belt, what city would you like to work in?

Trey: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Paul: Ocean Springs


What’s your favorite “guilty pleasure” food?

Trey: Loaded Fries

Paul: Chocolate…any kind of candy


What’s your favorite food to cook?

Trey: Meatloaf

Paul: Any breakfast food


Sweet or savory?                                                       

Trey: Savory                                                                                          

Paul: Sweet                                                                                                       


Mild or spicy?

Trey: Spicy

Paul: Not too spicy


Wine or beer?

Trey: Beer

Paul: We cook crawfish… definitely beer!


Salt or pepper?                                                                     

Trey: Salt                                                                                                                              

Paul: Pepper                                                                                                 


Red beans or gumbo?

Trey: Red Beans

Paul: Red Beans, see recipe