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Robert Phalen, Chef to watch in August 2010
In 2010, Robert Phalen was wowing Atlantans with his originality and depth of flavor at Holy Taco, which received a three-star review from the AJC in February 2011. Now, Phalen is chef at One Eared Stag, a new restaurant that's getting rave reviews from local press and has breathed new, refreshing life into Atlanta's farm-to-table trend.
Ford Fry and Drew Belline, Chefs to watch in December 2010
Ford Fry enjoyed success at JCT. Kitchen, and his latest venture with chef Drew Belline, No. 246, has so far lived up to expectations. Now Fry is planning on opening yet another restaurant - a seafood place on the Westside that's slated to open in March 2012.
Whitney Otawka, Chef to watch in December 2010
Whitney Otawka has worked at Five and Ten in Athens, Restaurant Eugene, and Holeman and Finch, and now is chef at Cumberland Island's Greyfield Inn. Rumor is that she'll be a contestant on the newest season of "Top Chef," which is filming in Texas.
Hugh Acheson, Chef to watch in August 2010
Since August 2010, Acheson has risen to fame from his stint as a contestant on season three of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters." He's still the chef/partner at Five and Ten and the National in Athens, and Empire State South in Atlanta, but his Bravo fame rolls on as well. If Otawka indeed is a contestant on the next regular season of "Top Chef," she may be facing her former boss as a judge: It was announced a few weeks ago that Acheson will serve as a regular judge on "Top Chef" Texas.
Dan Latham, Chef to watch December 2010
Latham came to our attention as a chef-of-interest because of his mobile pizza operation, Moto Bene. On Aug. 7, Farm Burger announced that Latham will serve as chef at its new Buckhead location, slated to open in "late summer." Which means any day now ...
Nick Melvin, Chef to watch in August 2010
Nick Melvin left his post as chef de cuisine at Empire State South a few months after the restaurant opened in 2010. He now serves as chef de cuisine for Rosebud, while Ryan Smith (another 2010 chef to watch) has taken over as chef at Empire State South.
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