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Scott Peacock leaves Watershed for film project

Photo: Louie Favorite/AJC

Photo: Louie Favorite/AJC

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, jbrett@ajc.com

8 comments Add your comment

Wimpy

February 25th, 2010
7:27 pm

could I pay you next Fri for a hamburger today?

d

February 25th, 2010
7:38 pm

I can’t wait to see the film, I so love hearing Scott talk about his childhood in Alabama. My late Mother was from there, she grew up on a farm & he grew up shelling peas and eating wonderful Southern Soul food as I did. I hope he wins an Oscar !!!!

Needabailout, too!

February 25th, 2010
7:44 pm

“..the best use of my time and energy..” I hope the parting was amicable. I’m looking forward to any new project he provides us, whether optical or oral. There will be big shoes to fill, and a replacement should provide interesting fodder. Hopefully, there’s a chef already in-house who has been taking really good notes, and now has a chance to shine.

Lisa

February 25th, 2010
8:48 pm

Glad I made it for Fried Chicken Tuesday the other night!!

Rob Vinson

February 25th, 2010
10:18 pm

I hope they continue to fry chicken in Crisco…the way it should be.

Dodgie Shaffer

February 26th, 2010
4:44 pm

Abraham Lincoln said, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
Scott knows how to hustle with style, with grace and with the confidence born of his previous successes. His new project is cooking up history. Bravo in all your endeavors! Dodgie

Sandra Crake

March 9th, 2010
3:58 pm

Have enjoyed his many segments on the Today Show and have tried all his recipes from shows. Any chance of a cookbook in the future featuring his recipees. Best of luck to Scott in his new chapter of life!

Carol Langdon

July 29th, 2010
11:12 am

My heart re-lived many times watching my mama (if living 113 yrs old) bake the coconut cake and it was almost exactly the same, however she baked it in a “wood fired range and mixed with a big spoon” . You have never eaten the perfect cake until you break and grate a fresh coconut!!!!! I still make them. Wanted to write Sc ott but learned he was traveling and not at a restaurant. Maybe he will come to NC. sometime