SWEET TOOTH

Restaurant Eugene pastry chef Jen Yee carefully crafts three courses of dessert

STORY: Carly Cooper

Linton Hopkin’s Buckhead fine dining establishment Restaurant Eugene launched a dessert tasting menu in the spring. The mastermind behind it is executive pastry chef Jen Yee. An Atlantan by way of New York, London and San Francisco, the multiple James Beard Award nominee oversees the dessert programs at C. Ellet’s, Holeman and Finch […]

ICE CREAM ROYALTY

Queen of Cream’s Cora Cotrim brings her unique treats to Buckhead

FUN FACT: Cotrim is 32 years old but doesn’t drive.

STORY: Carly Cooper

Cora Cotrim, the woman behind Atlanta’s Queen of Cream artisanal ice cream, taught herself to make the sweet, scoopable treat. She had bartended at various restaurants and worked as a pastry chef at Paper Plane, a Decatur watering hole now known as […]

PEOPLE PLEASER

AS THE FACE OF AMERICAN CUT, MIT AMIN’S JOB IS TO MAKE GUESTS HAPPY

FUN FACT: Amin wears a red rose on his lapel every day to distinguish himself and break the ice with guests.

STORY: Carly Cooper
PHOTO: Heidi Geldhauser

Mit Amin is the face of LDV Hospitality, the parent company of American Cut steakhouse in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. And yes, “face” is his real […]

YAY FOR YUMBII

Let’s taco-bout the brand Carson Young built

STORY: Carly Cooper

In 2017, Buckhead native Carson Young opened Yumbii Taco Shop in Brookwood Village. But he had introduced Atlantans to Mexican- Asian street food flavors long before that. Touted as Atlanta’s first food truck, Yumbii was founded in 2010, bringing tacos and sesame fries to people around the city.

“I’ve always had an interest in the hospitality business and creating […]

FLOWER POWER

Flower Child executive chef Matthew Schwab puts the ease in healthy eating

STORY: Carly Cooper
PHOTO: Christopher Watkins

Like the health-conscious restaurant that he leads, Flower Child executive chef Matthew Schwab is new to Buckhead. But that doesn’t mean he’s not embracing the local lifestyle from heart to stomach.

After working at busy restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory and Cooper’s Hawk Winery in Orlando and Nashville, Schwab joined Flower […]

TIME TO MAKE THE DONUTS

For Bon Glaze’s general manager, the early bird gets the worm

STORY: Carly Cooper
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

Carmalita Pridgen, general manager of gourmet donut shop Bon Glaze, is not what you’d expect from a donut maker. A former quartermaster in the Army, she worked part-time in hospitality before graduating from Georgia State University. While working at a Pinkberry yogurt shop, she met Bon Glaze owner Kelly Keith. “Her card […]

GLUTEN-FREE AND LOVING IT

BONNIE OWINGS MAKES CELIAC-FRIENDLY COOKIES, CAKES AND PIZZAS THAT ACTUALLY TASTE GOOD

STORY: Carly Cooper

Bonnie Owings started cooking and baking for her family at age 10. When she found out she was gluten-sensitive, she struggled to find gluten-free breads and desserts that actually tasted good. So she started experimenting.

“I would bake [gluten-free items] and bring them to my doctor’s office,” says Owings. “Everyone liked them, and my […]

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 […]