Chefcargo: Our Showroom

Serving Asheville, North Carolina and the surrounding area we are located in the growing town of Hendersonville. Asheville is now known as beer city USA, and easily becoming a stop on any gourmand’s shortlist. The beer, food and art scene is creeping into Hendersonville and the design district seemed like a natural move from Asheville’s now overgrown River Arts District. Because we specialize in several areas of the food world, our appliance sales showroom is open by appointment only, but we will do our best to accommodate your schedule. Our showroom is small by design, not wasting resources on a large space with a sales staff that end up being paid for by little add-ons and mark-ups on your bill. This also keeps us from having to push what’s on our floor. We strive to find out what is best for you and help those appliances find their way to your kitchen. Come make an appointment with us, but leave time to visit the bakery, brewery, Brandy bar and other places popping up all in walking distance of our shop.

We strive to supply you with the knowledge to help you become a better chef and the equipment that will make you enjoy the journey.

Chefcargo is the brainchild of Chef Matt DeRobertis (Chef DeRo). It has evolved and grown since its inception shortly after he finished culinary school.

Matthew DeRobertis
CEO & Executive Chef

AKA: Chef DeRo

Aside from being involved in the sales of high-end appliances such as AGA and Marvell, Matt splits his time between teaching, writing, and consulting about all things food.

Matt’s love of food started early. His mother, a professionally trained ballerina, opened a small dance studio when he was ten. So, while she taught dance a couple of nights a week, Matt began experimenting with the family meals.

Many years and experiments later (and after a brief stint in graphic design), Matt found his way to AB-Tech’s award winning culinary program in 1998. Chef DeRo was born.

After graduation, Chef DeRo worked as a chef at the prestigious Eseeola Lodge in Linville, North Carolina. In time, Matt returned to Asheville and worked in AB-Tech’s culinary program where he still fills in from time to time. The following years of working in restaurants and owning a catering company led him to develop Chefcargo and what it has grown to encompass.

Check out Chef DeRo’s latest venture with his new children’s book Billy the Chef. Billy the Chef is an adventure taking you through the journey of a boy who gets interested in cooking at an early age. The book is loosely based on events from personal experience and occasions spent cooking with the chef’s child and other family members. Learn more and find download links at

Our Services

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Appliance Sales

We specialize in sales of the legendary AGA. Working with AGA for nearly twenty years, there are not many who have the background and knowledge we do. We provide clients with not only sales, but informative consulting on AGA purchases for their full line of products from refrigeration to a traditional cooker. In addition, we specialize in other great lines such as Heartland, Marvel, and Bertazzoni. We even occasionally have some used AGA’s available. See our Appliances page for details and a full list of our offered appliances.

The AGA Cooking School

Our AGA Cooking School is the only school outside of the UK that teaches you how best to understand, use, and enjoy your AGA Cooker. In addition to our AGA cooking school, we also offer tailored classes on the AGA for those with specific needs or have already been through our school. See our Classes page for details. Contact us for more info.

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Consulting and Writing

With experience in recipe development and testing, publishing’s in the area of food writing, menu consulting, event planning, we’re here to help. Food is our life, so we are always reading new culinary books, scanning food magazines, catching the latest cooking show, and finding any excuse possible to travel and expand our horizons in the world of food. Whether you are a domestic culinary diva trying to get perfect a recipe, a cookbook writer looking for professional testing, or a professional chef or restaurateur developing a new menu, we can help you meet the challenge. Contact us about your venture.

Want to stop by our showroom or see an AGA up close and personal?

We would be happy to have you stop by our showroom, whether you are just shopping or want to schedule a class, we’re available to answer your questions.