“Those of us who know Aaron are devastated. But he’s young (37) and strong and we are confident he’ll fight this thing.”

Chef Aaron McCloud, CEDAR 2

“Dear PoPville,

My good friend, Aaron McCloud, has been diagnosed with cancer. He was bothered by a persistent sore throat and finally went to see the doctor. Tests revealed that he had throat cancer that has metastasized into cancer in his back.

He is in Ann Arbor, Michigan where his mother lives, receiving treatment at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Aaron’s brother has created a GoFundMe page.

Chef Aaron McCloud was most recently the executive chef at Clyde’s Willow Creek farm. Prior to that he made his mark on the DC dining scene as the innovative chef behind Cedar’s menu. You’ll recall that he created Cedar’s wild game menu. He was most creative as he shopped the Thursday FreshFarm Market’s Penn Quarter market and took his purchases back to the restaurant to create that evening’s dinner menu.

He was also the executive chef at the Inn at Perry Cabin and for The Vintage Restaurant Group.

Aaron became a chef in the most unlikely way – he was a child prodigy violinist who began performing at age four. One of his teenage jobs was as a violinist at the popular Michigan seafood restaurant. He liked what he saw and he asked the owner if he could work in the kitchen. He says the owner replied “What? You’re the kid who shows up in a suit and plays the violin.” But Aaron prevailed and took a job as a dishwasher. He told me that he would come home reeking of fish and never happier in his life. He convinced the chef to train him on the prep line. His big break came one Sunday when the brunch omelet maker didn’t show up for work. The chef said “Okay kid, you’re on”. And he never stopped cooking after that.

Those of us who know Aaron are devastated. But he’s young (37) and strong and we are confident he’ll fight this thing.”

If you are able please consider a donation here.

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  • I’ll donate to this and urge others to as well. But I really hope those supporting these efforts lobbies both employers and legislators to support mandatory health care that actually covers the costs incurred by serious illness. We live in a rich country and people should not need to ask for charity when stricken with an unfortunate and rare disease.

  • I’m very sorry to hear of Aaron’s cancer and wish him well!!

  • The Scouts (and parents) at Boy Scout Troop 51 at Floris United Methodist Church, whom Chef Aaron assisted in the completion of their Public Health Merit Badge, all have him in our thoughts and prayers for a complete recovery from the cancer. We all wish you well, Aaron, and hope to see you back soon in the kitchen. We were devastated to hear the news when we visited Willow Creek Farm.

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