Paul Sanford was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, third of three rambunctious boys. Paul comes from a family with deep roots in Alabama. Paul’s father, Jess Sanford (deceased), grew up in Good Springs near Jasper, worked as a coal-miner part-time, served in the Army, and graduated from Florence State (now The University of North Alabama). Louise Sanford, Paul’s mother, grew up in Decatur. She likewise graduated from Florence State and put her English degree to use routinely on Paul throughout his years in the public school system. He admittedly needed the help. She currently co-owns and operates two Gibson’s Barbecue locations in Huntsville with her brother.
Like the three generations before him, Paul had the “entrepreneur’s spark” and entered the restaurant business. Since the spring of 2002, Paul and his wife Danielle have owned and operated “little Paul’s Barbecue.” Their busy restaurant is located across the street from the Huntsville Hospital.
Paul and Danielle have two children Chase (13) and Ryan (10). Paul has been an active volunteer from coach at the Upward Basketball Program to helping at Randolph School where his children currently attend. Paul has also been a volunteer as a youth soccer coach with the AYSO Program in Huntsville and with the former Kicks Soccer Club.
Paul earned an A.O.S. degree in Culinary Arts from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Prior to moving back to Huntsville, Paul lived across the country in Napa Valley, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Nashville. After these experiences, he has realized there is no place like home, sweet home Huntsville.