Talent

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Anne Burrell
Chef
Andrew Zimmern
Four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef and writer.
Carla Hall
Chef, Author and Television Personality.
Aarón Sánchez
Chef & Owner, Johnny Sánchez
Jonathan Waxman
Author, Chef & Owner, Barbuto, Jams, Adele’s & Brezza Cucina
Tandy Wilson
Chef & Owner, City House and Mop / Broom Mess Hall
Chris Shepherd
Chef & Owner, UB Preserv
Tim Love
Chef & Owner, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie's Steakhouse, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon and Back Dough
Ruth Reichl
Award-Winning Author, Journalist & TV Personality
Matt Bolus
Chef & Partner, The 404 Kitchen
Margot McCormack
Chef & Co-Owner, Margot Café & Bar, Marche Artisan Foods
Tiffani Faison
Chef & Owner, Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama, and Fool’s Errand
Tom Bayless
Chef, The Public House
Andy Little
Chef & Partner, Josephine
Jeni Britton Bauer
Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Pat Martin
Pit Master & Owner, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Hugh Baby’s
Billy Durney
Owner & Fire Maker, Hometown Bar-B- Que
Vui Hunt
Chef & Founder, Vui’s Kitchen & I Love Juice Bar
Lisa Donovan
Pastry Chef/Writer
Ford Fry
Chef & Owner, Sea Wolf, Le Loup, Star Rover & Superica
Bryan Lee Weaver
Executive Chef, Butcher & Bee and Red Headed Stranger
Deb Paquette
Chef & Owner, Etch and etc.
Karl Worley
Chef & Owner, Biscuit Love
Carey Bringle
Pitmaster, Peg Leg Porker 
John Lasater
Executive Chef, Hattie B's Hot Chicken
Sarah Gavigan
Executive Chef & Owner, Otaku Ramen, Little Octopus and POP
Chris Carter & James Peisker
Co-Founders, Porter Road Butcher
Matt Hyland
Chef/Owner EMILY and EMMY Squared
Graydon Atchley
Chef, EMMY Squared Nashville
Crystal De Luna-Bogan
Chef & Co-Founder, The Grilled Cheeserie Melt Shop + Food Trucks
Matt Farley
Executive Chef, TomKats Hospitality
Ryan Perry
Head of Whiskey Development, Heaven's Door Whiskey
Nick Pellegrino
Chef & Owner, Mangia Nashville - Focacceria, Bar & Ristorante
Gerard Craft
Chef & Owner, Niche Food Group, Pastaria Nashville and St. Louis, Sardella, Taste Bar, Brasserie by Niche, Porano Pasta
Claire Meneely
Owner, Dozen Bakery
Hal M. Holden-Bache
Executive Chef & Owner, Lockeland Table
Mike Morales
Executive Chef & Partner, Sunda
Jess Lambert
Chef de Cuisine, Etch
Nathan Duensing
Executive Chef, Marsh House
Kyle Patterson
Executive Chef, Sinema Restaurant & Bar
Nina Singto
Chef & Owner, Thai Esane
Tony Galzin
Owner & Executive Chef, Nicky's Coal Fired
David Tieman
Co-Owner & Co-Founder, Five Points Pizza
Joshua Simpson
Chef, Proper Bagel
Bill & Tony Darsinos
Co-Owners, GReKo Greet Street Food
Trey Cioccia
Executive chef & owner, The Farm House and Black Rabbit
Daniel Lindley
Chef Proprietor, 5th & Taylor, Alleia, The Back Corner
Brandon Frohne
Culinary Director, Holler & Dash
Jessica Benefield & Trey Burnett
Chefs & Partners, Two Ten Jack and The Green Pheasant
Tom Eckert
Corporate Chef, Morph Hospitality Group
Robert Grace
Director of Culinary Operations, M Street
Andrew Whitney
Associate Director of Culinary Operations, M Street
Giovanni Pinato
Chef, Giovanni Ristorante
Kristopher Akers
Executive Chef, Americano
Brian Riggenbach
Partner & Executive Chef, The Mockingbird
Steven Robilio
Executive Chef, Saltine, Char, Amerigo
Daniel Gorman
Executive Chef, Henley
Sean McTiernan
Executive Chef, Adele's
Murphy Vaughn & Chris Bowater
Co-Chefs, Silo
Kahlil Arnold
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Mike Haggerty
Co-Owner & Executive Chef, Sea Salt
Matt Gillie
Chef de Cuisine, Tànsuǒ
Tony Fraske
Executive Chef, Makeready Libations & Liberation
Jess Rice
Holistic Chef, Creator of AVO
Preston Van Winkle
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
Larry Carlile
Executive Chef, Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway
Laurence Faber
Pastry Chef of The Barn at Blackberry Farm®
Matthew McClure
Executive Chef, The Hive
David Rule
Chef & Owner, The Walnut Kitchen
B.J. Lofback
Chef & Owner, Funk Seoul Brother
J.A. Harrison
Bartender, Noelle
Joshua Doolan
Bar Manager, Rosemary & Beauty Queen
Jacob Strawn
Lead Bartender, Gertie's Bar
Akinde Olagundoye
Bartender, Skull's Rainbow Room
Christopher Weber
Owner & Barkeep, Hemingway's Bar and Hideaway
Sally Gatza
Bartender, L.A. Jackson
Jenny Wood
Bartender, Gray & Dudley
Ian Shordon
Chef de Cuisine, Lonesome Dove Knoxville
Gabriel Fuenmayor
Owner, Bar Sovereign
Dani Veit
Pastry Chef, The Old School Farm to Table
Patrick Hallahan
Musician, My Morning Jacket; Restaurateur
Roy Milner
Chief Fermentation Officer, Blackberry Farm Brewery
Edgar Pendley
Chef & Partner - Haute Iron Co., Live-Fire Events & Partner, Urban Grub
Tamie Cook
Owner, Tamie Cook Culinary Productions
Tyler Brown
SVP, Hospitality & Agriculture, Southall
Vivek Surti
Founder, VEA Supper Club
Zach Parker
Owner, Scott’s-Parker’s BBQ
Elliot Moss
Co-owner and Pitmaster, Buxton BBQ Hall
Caitlyn Jarvis
Pastry Chef, Henrietta Red
Rob Newton
Chef, Executive Chef, Gray & Dudley at 21c Museum Hotels Nashville
Lauren Anderson
Pastry Chef, East Park Donuts & Coffee
Hrant Arakelian
Chef & Owner, Lyra