HUGH ACHESON is a chef and food writer who lives in Athens, GA. He is the co-owner / partner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurant 5&10, Atlanta restaurants Empire State South and By George, as well as Atlanta coffee shop Spiller Park Coffee. His cookbook, A NEW TURN in the SOUTH won the award for Best Cookbook in the field of “American Cooking” by the James Beard Foundation in 2012. His second cookbook PICK a PICKLE, and his third, THE BROAD FORK, was released in the spring of 2015. His fourth cookbook, THE CHEF & THE SLOW COOKER, was released in the fall of 2017. Food & Wine Magazine named him Best New Chef way back in 2002 and the James Beard Foundation awarded him Best Chef Southeast in 2012. Hugh competed in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, Season 3 and starred as a judge on Top Chef, Seasons 9 thru 13. Hugh currently has his own podcast, Hugh Acheson Stirs the Pot. He sits down with food personalities, entertainers and activists in restaurants and at kitchen tables across the country to talk about what they’re eating and what’s eating them. The first episode dropped on February 6th of this year.