If there's one name that's synonymous with cowboy cooking, it's Kent Rollins. The Oklahoma native has made a name for himself by mastering the historic way of cooking with a chuck wagon and sharing his recipes and techniques with America.
Rollins grew up near Hollis, Oklahoma, where he helped his father manage their cow herd operations. After spending time with his uncle feeding hunters in the wilderness of New Mexico, he felt compelled to buy a chuck wagon and practice the old ways of cooking. What started as cooking for local ranches grew into a catering business. By 1996, the governor of Oklahoma named Rollins the Official Chuck Wagon Cook of Oklahoma.
Rollins success led to multiple television appearances on the Food Network. He famously beat Bobby Flay with his famous chicken fried steak on Throwdown with Bobby Flay and appeared on Chopped Grill Masters, Chopped Redemption and Cutthroat Kitchen. He's also undefeated on NBC's Food Fighters.
In 2015, Rollins and his wife Shannon Rollins released their first cookbook, "A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales From the Trail," which is listed under Amazon's "Top 100 Cookbooks To Own in a Lifetime." With the cookbook, the couple captures the simple way of life on the ranch. There are pictures of them feeding cowboys during spring and fall gatherings. You'll also get some inside stories from the trails of the couple's journey to feed cowboys across Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.
Twice a year, Rollins and his wife even host a chuck wagon cooking school where they teach how to cook in Dutch ovens on the ranch. You can visit their website for availability and pricing.
Rollins also travels around the country to tell stories at various western heritage festivals. He's been named the Best Cowboy Humorist and Storyteller of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.
If you're more of a visual learner, Rollins has an excellent YouTube page where he shows dutch oven cooking, cast iron or grilling techniques. It should be the first place you go if you're looking for some good comfort food.