5 Georgia Grown Chefs You Need to Know About

February 24, 2023
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Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper and Georgia Restaurant Association President and CEO Karen Bremer announced the five new Georgia Grown Executive Chefs at the 2023 Taste of Georgia Legislative Reception last night. The program is designed to promote and foster relationships between chefs and farmers while spreading awareness about the quality of locally sourced and grown products in Georgia’s restaurant scene.

The 2023 Executive Chefs are Chef Robert Butts of Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, Chef Kristina Dahl of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia | Helms College, Chef Karl Gorline of the Woodall, Chef Ray Kees of Krystal Restaurants, and Chef Matthew Raiford of Gilliard Farms.

“We’re honored that these phenomenal chefs, many of whom also are small business owners, have accepted the distinction of wearing a Georgia Grown chef’s coat,” said Harper. “This program is one of the many ways our relationship with the Georgia Restaurant Association has helped our team support our growers and producers.”

“Each year, our new class of Georgia Grown Executive Chefs raises the bar with their incredible skills and enthusiasm,” said Bremer. “We are thrilled to have these five chefs represent our state’s culinary scene in 2023. Each is a true champion of the Georgia Grown program, passionate about promoting the use of local, seasonal food on their menus and strengthening relationships with Georgia suppliers.”

The Georgia Grown Executive Chef program is in its 12th year and continues to strengthen awareness of Georgia Grown products around the state while acknowledging a diverse group of culinary professionals who prioritize Georgia Grown in their restaurants, schools, and communities.

About Georgia Grown: The Georgia Grown program provides a powerful new branding tool as well as education, marketing, and business connections to expand agribusinesses and the agricultural industry throughout Georgia. Learn more today at GeorgiaGrown.com.

About the Georgia Restaurant Association: The Georgia Restaurant Association’s mission is to serve as the voice for Georgia’s restaurants in advocacy, education, and awareness. The association is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. From large chains to start-ups, the association helps make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and helps make restaurants better for Georgia. For more information, visit garestaurants.org.


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