Hal M. Holden-Bache is the executive chef and owner of Lockeland Table opening in August, 2012 in Nashville, TN. However, his love of cooking began years before this most recent restaurant venture. As with many chefs, Hal’s culinary education began at a young age cooking alongside his mother, preparing the family meals. His passion for knowledge of all things culinary led him to pursue a Culinary Arts degree at Shepherd University, in his hometown of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. After graduating, Hal was accepted into the coveted Culinary Apprenticeship Program at the world-class Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, a perennial AAA Five-Diamond award winner. During his studies at The Greenbrier, Hal was recognized as a rising star and was given the opportunity to intern under world-class chefs including Hartmut Handke CMC, Peter Timmons CMC, Tom Colicchio and Butcher, Larry Griffin.
After graduating with top honors, Hal traveled to Nashville, TN for a visit. Being struck by the friendly and inviting culture of Music City he decided to stay, and has spent the last 12 years exhibiting and delighting guests with his culinary talents. As his first venture in Nashville, Hal worked as the executive chef at the famed Nick and Rudy’s Steakhouse for five years. He then spent a brief time on the team of Executive Chef Tyler Brown at Capitol Grille at The Hermitage Hotel, before moving on to be the executive chef of Eastland Café, an East Nashville favorite. After five years at Eastland, Hal decided to venture out and open his highly anticipated new restaurant Lockeland Table.