FROM BRITAIN TO BUCKHEAD

MISSION + MARKET’S IAN WINSLADE TAKES US BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

FUN FACT Winslade’s dream job is race car driver. “The adrenaline you feel working in a restaurant is similar to what you feel moving at high speeds,” he says. FUN FACT Winslade’s dream job is race car driver. “The adrenaline you feel working in a restaurant is similar to what you feel […]

EVERY DAY, I’M JUGGLING

FOR RESTAURATEUR DEEDEE NIYOMKUL, LIFE IS A BALANCING ACT

STORY: Carly Cooper
PHOTO: Chucky Kahng

DeeDee Niyomkul is a chef, restaurateur, wife and mother—and a woman who loves to travel, bike and dine at new spots around town. The Collier Hills resident owns Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft in Brookwood Place and opened upscale modern Thai restaurant Chai Yo in Buckhead in January. Her numerous roles keep her engaged […]

THE WHOLE ENCHILADA

For Chido + Padre’s Executive Chef Jonathan Mercado, cooking is a family affair

STORY: Carly Cooper
PHOTO: Chris Watkins

Buckhead foodies may have noticed that Chido + Padre’s, a Mexican restaurant, took over the old Smokebelly space on Andrews Drive a few months ago. At the helm of the festive new spot is Jonathan Mercado. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando, he has worked at Bartaco, Rosa […]

PERSEVERANCE [ WITH A SIDE OF PIE ]

Amanda Wilbanks, the founder of Southern Baked Pie Company, was so determined to make her business work, she once called 911 to secure a booth at a food festival.

The Southern belle learned that sort of perseverance working in sales before learning to bake from her mother-in-law. “[Being in sales] taught me not to fear rejection,” she says. “When I started Southern Baked Pie in 2012, I […]

FROM WAFFLE HOUSE TO WATERSHED

Chef Zeb Stevenson tells it like it is

Stevenson doesn’t own a television and has never watched Game of Thrones.

Being a chef is a lot of work,” says Zeb Stevenson, executive chef at Watershed on Peachtree, the acclaimed Buckhead eatery known for its upscale Southern cuisine. Stevenson, 42, has never been one to sugarcoat things. But his honesty is one of the reasons people […]

CHEESE PLEASE

Robin Schick takes a bite out the cheese-making biz.

EXTRA BITE “I think there is a place for all kinds of cheese. I love Rotel, Velveeta and the soupy, milky white cheese you get at Mexican restaurants.”

EXTRA BITE “I think there is a place for all kinds of cheese. I love Rotel, Velveeta and the soupy, milky white cheese you get at Mexican restaurants.”

Robin […]

BAKER’S DOZENS

Hundreds of desserts later, Ami Dand celebrates five years as Legendary Events’ executive pastry chef

EXTRA BITE Says Dand: “I’m very artistically inclined. I took a calligraphy class a couple of years ago. I make greeting cards with stamps and paint.”

If you’ve lived in Atlanta for a while, you’ve probably sampled at least one of Ami Dand’s desserts. As executive pastry chef at Buckhead-based […]

LOVE AT FIRST BITE

F&B executive chef Gabriel Capo Camargo fell into cooking for all the wrong reasons.

This is not your typical boy meets girl story. When he was 16 years old, Gabriel Capo Camargo met a friend of his sister’s who worked as a chef. “She told me being a chef was a good job, that you could travel and cook and meet people,” says Camargo, now 34 and […]

WISER THAN HER YEARS

At 27, Niki Pattharakositkul is introducing Atlantans to authentic Thai cooking

Pattharakositkul started a live jazz program at Thai 26. Check it out on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Last summer, Niki Pattharakositkul opened 26 Thai Kitchen & Bar at Lindbergh City Center in Buckhead. She was just 26 years old (hence the number 26 in the eatery’s name). Though she grew up in Thailand and […]

HAVE TOQUE, WILL TRAVEL

St. Cecilia’s Craig Richards is taking Atlantans on a Tuscan culinary tour

As vice president of culinary for Ford Fry Restaurants, Craig Richards manages and educates the restaurant group’s chefs, including those at St. Cecilia in Buckhead, where he’s served as executive chef for three years. Not only is he well-versed at cooking for a multitude of audiences locally—Ford Fry Restaurants include Mex-Tex spots Superica and El […]