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Aaron MercierNEW MAKER!

Columbus, OH


Aaron grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where from an early age he showed a fascination with all things kitchen-related. He cooked his first scratch meal at the age of 10 (vegetable-barley soup with cheese toasts) and was hooked. He's worked everything from dive bars to fine dining and that eclectic experience comes through in his own food, focusing primarily on good craftsmanship and making food that is, above all, fun to eat.
In 2016 he opened Rooks Tavern, Columbus' first-and-still-only all wood-fired barbecue and grill restaurant with his best friend John which closed in late 2017. Aaron has spent the past few months getting back to basics as a line cook and recently accepted a sous chef position with 101 Beer Kitchen in Gahanna.