Top Chef: Wayne McQueen

60 seconds with Chef Wayne McQueen of Half Shell Oyster House


Wayne McQueen, Managing Partner/Head Chef, 37, USM  BS Hospitality Management, Marriage to Amy McQueen, 2 children (Valerie 8, David 2)



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

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

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

What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine? Mexican

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

What’s the best part about being a chef? Coming up with new food ideas

What’s the most challenging part of being a chef? Making every guest happy

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

Who is/was your food mentor? My mother

What’s your favorite “guilty pleasure” food? Oatmeal cream pies (don't judge me)

What’s your favorite food to cook? Steak

Sweet or savory? Sweet

Mild or spicy? Spicy

Wine or beer? Wine

Salt or pepper? Pepper

Red beans or gumbo? red beans