Chattanooga native Daniel Lindley discovered his passion for cooking as a teenager. after working in local Chattanooga restaurants, Daniel cooked aboard a hospital ship in Europe and West Africa. when Daniel returned from overseas, he moved to Westchester County, NY to work for chef Terry Harwood at Harvest on Hudson. he then worked at Gramercy Tavern under Tom Colicchio before returning home for the opening of St. John’s Restaurant in 2000. Lindley’s unwavering commitment to the bounty and heritage of the Southeast made St. John’s Restaurant one of the top dining destinations in the region. Lindley sold his interest in St. John’s Restaurant and Meeting Place to his former business partner in April 2014. He remains owner and executive chef at both Alleia and 5th & Taylor American Restaurant in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, which opened in the spring of 2015. Chef Lindley has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation award Best Chef: Southeast in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.