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Join us at Gaskins

We have opened a restaurant in the Hudson Valley and have put our catering operation on hold.

Please visit us at Gaskins in Germantown, New York.

If you’d like to reach us for something restaurant related please feel free to e-mail.

“A distinctive Suarez style has emerged, marked by crowd-pleasing excess ... Mr. Suarez has learned that a heavy hand with fat and salt is an asset.” —The New York Times

The Food

What is the best part of any party? The Food.

At the Backyard Cooking Company we want guests to interact with the chef,
peek inside the pot, and become part of the cooking process.

Create your event around our many food offerings.

“I think we’re going to be eating a lot of macaroni and cheese on a hot dog all over the country ... There’s some genius in that macaroni and cheese.” —Bobby Flay

The Chef

Nick Suarez grew up in a food-obsessed home where family dinner was a nightly ritual. His mother is a chef, his father a tabletop television director, and his younger brother a brew master. Sundays still bring family and friends together for crowd-pleasing, casual dinners. The backyard is the scene for trying new recipes, experimenting and celebrating good food.

Nick’s time as assistant tasting coordinator at Wine Spectator magazine refined his wine knowledge and sipping techniques. After five years he put office life behind him and stepped into the kitchen as a line cook at Danny Meyer’s The Modern. He emerged an exceptionally disciplined cook with a lack of sleep.

The Cookoff King

After Nick won The Great Hot Dog Cookoff in Brooklyn, Bobby Flay challenged him to a Throwdown on Food Network.
Nick won with a bacon and leek macaroni and cheese hot dog that to this day still astounds and amazes people.



In spite of the thrashing, there were no hard feelings and Bobby Flay invited Nick over for a segment on Grill It!


The Food Experiments

Nick co-founded the Food Experiments, a national series of amateur cook-offs sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. He met home cooks across the nation who inspired him with their unconventional cooking and reinforced the fact that food always creates community.


The day he turned 30 years old, Nick hosted a luxurious crawfish boil for his friends and family, changing his outlook.

He decided to cook up his own venture — the Backyard Cooking Company was born.

“Nick provides balance, some thoughtfulness and a little bit of suaveness to the equation.” —Brooklyn Brewery


Thanks for your interest in working with Backyard Cooking Company. We have opened a restaurant in the Hudson Valley and have put our catering operation on hold. If you'd like to reach us for something restaurant related please email

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Backyard Cooking Company, Inc.

Hudson Valley, New York