2017 Talent

Deb Paquette

Executive Chef, Etch Restaurant

Since 1982, chef Deb Paquette has been a fixture in Nashville’s culinary scene. She’s been a restaurateur, mentor and community advocate for more than 30 years. After closing critically acclaimed, local favorite ZOLA, Nashville welcomed Paquette back with open arms at the opening of Etch in August of 2012. Her fiery personality, out-of-the-box cuisine, and fearless drive for finding the next great flavor combination leave a lasting impression, or etch, on the tongues of every person who enters the restaurant. The 160-seat restaurant’s culinary exchange menu gives diners adventurous and unique food, while boldly pushing the boundaries for innovative, one-of-a-kind dishes. The globally influenced restaurant, recently named No. 1 in the city by Zagat and top twenty in the U.S., houses an open kitchen where guests are encouraged to interact with chef Paquette. Etch was just voted Music City’s top upscale restaurant by Nashville Lifestyles magazine.

With a warm heart, Deb donates her time and support to a number of charities in Nashville and nationwide. Among her many philanthropic efforts, Deb has for two years represented the Tennessee Titans at the Taste of the NFL event and also the Kick Hunger Challenge through which Etch raised money for Middle Tennessee’s Second Harvest Food Bank. In addition to Taste of the NFL, she’s proactive in many hunger relief organizations and recently traveled to Delaware as part of a Celebrity Chefs Brunch for Meals on Wheels.