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Shug, the Painted Chef
Local cook a unique combination
Travis Phillips, also known as Shug, the Painted Chef, whips up some deep fried Oreos with a reduced wine sauce for guests at the introduction for the three finalists for the Statesboro Chief of Police position in August.
The word "chef" doesn't conjure up images of a burly, tattooed former bouncer, but when people get a taste of barbecue and other specialties crafted by Travis Phillips, it is clear that the man known as "Shug, the Painted Chef" knows his way around a kitchen — and a grill. Phillips recently opened a barbecue spot in the tiny Bulloch County town of Register, but his fame goes way beyond that. It all started when Phillips began cooking for friends, grilling and smoking meats or making his famous shrimp and grits, at Sinkhole Customs, a motorcycle shop where he worked.
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