Scott Peacock has cooked his last supper at Watershed.
The famed local chef has parted ways with the Decatur restaurant partly owned by the Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers to concentrate on a documentary project.
Peacock and Buzz first talked about his project last fall and he said in an interview this afternoon that he decided the film was “the best use of my time and energy.”
The James Beard award winner served diners at Watershed this afternoon and left without much fanfare.
“I care about the people tremendously,” he said. “I’m a big supporter.”
But his project, where he crisscrosses his native Alabama talking to its most senior residents about their stories and memories revolving around food, seems pressing. One interview subject passed away before he could record her on film, making Peacock realize what a “narrow window of time” he had to complete the work.
He’s been in talks with Alabama Public Television and the Sundance film festival and has shown early cuts to select viewers.
“It’s starting to catch on. My goal is to have 100 interviews by the end of the year. I have 35 now.”
He’ll be spending most of his time in Alabama in the short term, but isn’t leaving Atlanta entirely. And he hasn’t hung up his apron for good.
“Cooking is always something I can come back to,” said Peacock, who is flying out Friday (weather permitting) to appear on The Today Show. “I don’t rule out cooking again.”
- Jennifer Brett, firstname.lastname@example.org