Meet Our 2015 Guest Chefs


Chef Yehuda Sichel

Yehuda Sichel is chef of Abe Fisher, where he collaborates with owners Steven Cook and Mike Solomonov on a menu exploring far-flung culinary influences of the Jewish diaspora.

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Chef Leonardo Maurelli, III

Born in the Republic of Panama and having lived in Alabama since he was 11-years-old, Chef Maurelli’s cooking style is marked by the unique blend of his family’s Latino and Italian heritage as well as the years he has spent living in the South.



Chef Adam Evans

Born and raised in Muscle Shoals, Ala., many of Evans’ early memories involve food. Since his arrival to Atlanta via New York City in 2009, Evans has garnered numerous accolades including a nomination for Food & Wine’s “People’s Best New Chef” 2015.



Chef David Bancroft

Chef David Bancroft is a true southern chef who showcases local and sustainable ingredients with a nod to his Texas roots. His new chef-driven venture “Acre” opened in Auburn in September 2013.



Chef Michel Nischan

As a leader in the sustainable food movement and celebrity chef with over 30 years of experience advocating for a more local and regenerative food system, three-time James Beard Foundation award winner Michel Nischan wears many hats.

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Chef Rob McDaniel

Chef Rob McDaniel is general manager and executive chef at SpringHouse restaurant at Russell Crossroads on Lake Martin. He is passionate about his grandmother’s cooking, supporting local farmers.

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Chef Kim Wiss

Kim Wiss began her hospitality career nearly 30 years ago when she accepted a position with a then new company, Wendy’s. Raised in a family of cooks and food lovers, she has always been infatuated with the human gratification received from a plate of delicious food.

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Chef Walter Brown

Chef Walter Brown grew up in Newnan, GA and graduated with a degree in Southern Studies from University of Mississippi. After graduating, Brown shifted his focus to culinary arts …

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