Several Atlanta chefs and restaurants have received local and national recognition lately. Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
- Chef Linton Hopkins, owner of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House, recently received the 2012 Innovator Award from the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA). According to the GRA’s award criteria, recipients must “demonstrate exemplary talent” and be “a visionary leader in foodservice.”
- Chef Ria Pell, owner of Ria’s Bluebird and Sauced, competed on a recent episode of the Food Network show “Chopped.” After three courses of transforming unusual ingredients into dishes (like hot dog buns into shortbread cookies), Pell claimed the title of “Chopped Champion” and took home the $10,000 prize. She plans to use the cash to visit family in Denmark.
- Dante Stephensen, owner of Dante’s Down the Hatch, was recently inducted into the Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame for his role