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Hugh Acheson

Chef, Restuarateur, Author

Meet Hugh


Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Hugh started cooking at a young age and decided to make it his career after taking a very long time to realize that academics weren’t his thing.


Hugh’s History


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.

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Hugh's Recently Published Books

Want to know more about pickles, Southern cooking, and how to unleash the braising powers of a slow cooker? Hugh’s cookbooks are available for purchase online. All of Hugh’s cookbooks can be found here. His solo othered works are the first 5, everything else is an anthology he’s contributed a recipe to.

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Hugh's Sister Creations

While ranging in location from a stately historic home in Athens, GA to the bustling retail centers of Atlanta, Hugh’s restaurants and barista parlors are united by booze, coffee, and damn fine food.”