Get to know me better
I am a classically trained chef with a love for comfort food with fresh eclectic twists.
I began my cooking career at the esteemed restaurant Cakes & Ale in Atlanta under Chef Billy Allin. Then I went on the study Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University where I graduated with honors and earned an internship at the 5 star Merrion Hotel in Dublin. I completed the eight month internship at one of the highest rated hotels in Europe and then went to work at Blackberry Farm under Chef Joseph Lenn. I was on the Barn restaurant kitchen staff when we won a James Beard Award for outstanding service. Afterwards I went on to open Bread & Butterfly a French Bistro under Chef Allin again, this time as Sous Chef. We got 4 out of 5 stars in the AJC newspaper and were named one of the 50 best new restaurants in Saveur Magazine that year. After opening another small bar with a friend I worked almost a year working for Atlanta Personal Chef device where I prepared weekly meal plan for clients as well as private dinners. I then chose to move back to Knoxville to be with my fiancé and took a job working for Matt Gallagher at Knox Mason restaurant. Most recently I have been the Chef de Cuisine of Knox Mason Restaurant in the Embassy Suites in downtown Knoxville.
For me, cooking is...
My artistic self expression of kindness and comfort.
I learned to cook at...
a young age from all the southern women in my family. My Grandma was an excellent cook and she had five daughters who all love to share recipes.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Emeril because he cooks with pizazz and no fear haha.
A cooking secret...
Be seasonal, buy local, always have a little surprise twist in every dish.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Knoxville.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Knoxville. You name it!
A longer stay in Knoxville? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Knoxville.
Gregory's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Book your experience with Chef Gregory
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.