Weekly Dish: Daniel Lindley

Daniel James Lindley, most recognized as a James Beard Foundation nominated chef and restaurateur, is the Executive Chef and Owner of 5th & Taylor and Alleia. He began his cooking career as a teenager working in local restaurants before volunteering on a hospital ship bound for Europe and West Africa. By the time he was 23, he was the executive chef at St. John’s and the rest is culinary history. We snagged a minute with him to catch up on the first thing he ever cooked, his influences, and more…

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What’s the first thing you ever cooked? Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

What’s your favorite easy dish or cocktail to make? Dish: Guacamole / Cocktail: Veggie Infused Margarita (beets and cucumbers are some of my favorites).

Why did you choose Nashville to work and live in? Nashville is just up the road from my hometown of Chattanooga. I love the combination of fresh, creative energy coupled with Nashville’s beautiful history and culture.

Are there any chefs that have had a big influence on you? Tom Colicchio and Frank Stitt.

What music have you been listening to lately? Patrick Watson