Photos by Tanner Latham

Photos by Tanner Latham

Knoxville, Tenn.Chef Hugh Acheson is one of the most celebrated and influential chefs in the country.

Today, he has three restaurants in Athens, Georgia: The NationalFive and Ten, and Cinco y Diaz. His Empire State South is one of the most popular places to dine in Atlanta and his new restaurant called The Florence is based in Savannah, Georgia.

Hugh is a two-time James Beard Award winner, once as a chef and once for his cookbook, A New Turn in the South. You may have seen him on television competing on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters or as a judge on the show Top Chef. In this interview, he speaks about his Canadian roots and philosophy on American food today. 

Chef Hugh Acheson

Chef Hugh Acheson