At the age of 26, Chef Iron Mike graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York with degrees in both Culinary and Pastry Arts. He worked his way from line cook to Executive Chef, and then accomplished his ultimate goal: owning his own restaurant. Upon selling his restaurant in 2017, Chef Mike decided to pursue another passion, developing hot sauces.
Chef Michael Rolchigo currently offers six sauces, each with their own signature flavor. Mike’s sauces are not over the top spicy, they focus on great flavors, and can be really be enjoyed by everyone. So let’s dive in and explore a few of his signature sauces!
Vesuvius is an Italian hot sauce that is truly great on all Italian food. Imagine a spicy marinara sauce that enhances Italian food. As soon as you crack open the bottle and take a smell, you’ll want to pour this all over your spaghetti!
Upon taste, you get oregano, garlic, tomatoes, and nice heat from the peppers. And let’s talk about those peppers. This sauce is combination of Red Serrano and Calabrian peppers (a variety of peppers that originates from the Calabrian region of Italy) infused with garlic, onions and Italian herbs. Great on, pasta, meatball, sausage and peppers or any Italian favorite. I found it to be heaven on Mac and Cheese. Simply an all around great sauce.
Burning Bandido is a Mexican hot sauce, full of traditional Mexican flavors. This is a combination of Red Serrano and Chipotle peppers, blended with Southwestern flavors of garlic, onions, cumin, lime and cilantro. This great sauce will add a bang to tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, or any favorite Mexican style cuisine.
The chipotle peppers give it beautiful smoky notes without being overpowering. I’ve found with all Chef Iron Mike sauces, you can use a good amount, adding more flavor, without killing your taste buds with overpowering heat. A must have for taco night!
This Bloody Mary flavored hot sauce is a blend of Cayenne and Arbol peppers, horseradish, celery and lemon. It really tastes like a Bloody Mary in a bottle. Spectacular with shrimp or crab cocktail, raw oyster and clams, and fried seafood. Also a great addition to your Bloody Mary cocktail.
The celery and horseradish are prevalent, with a milder heat profile. A great all around seafood sauce.
Pirate’s Booty Call Caribbean style hot sauce is a golden blend of Scotch Bonnet peppers, mango, mustard, curry, cumin and a touch of anise. This is a super flavorful sauce. The mango is light and the sauce is not sweet. I’m typically not a fan of mango, but in this sauce it works beautifully. The curry and anise I pick up on most, delivering a lovely unique flavor.
This is a sensational sauce that compliments chicken, pork, fish, and seafood.
Check out all Chef Iron Mike’s sauces on his website, chefironmike.com.