Chefs Reign Supreme At These Buckhead Restaurants In Atlanta

These top chefs make dining in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood a delicious pleasure.
  • Pano I. Karatassos grew up in the restaurant business and now is firmly in control of the Greek restaurant, Kyma,
    Pano I. Karatassos grew up in the restaurant business and now is firmly in control of the Greek restaurant, Kyma,
  • Aria's Gerry Klaskala is one of the most respected chefs in Atlanta.
    Aria's Gerry Klaskala is one of the most respected chefs in Atlanta.
  • Market + Mission’s chef Ian Winslade's talent quickly made this Buckhead eatery a local favorite.
    Market + Mission’s chef Ian Winslade's talent quickly made this Buckhead eatery a local favorite.

Atlanta has an abundance of amazing restaurants and talented chefs who make it their mission to overwhelm you with an extraordinary dining experience each time. Many of these chefs are so talented that they oversee more than one restaurant, but there are some who are devoted to just one eatery.

Buckhead boasts of several restaurants where the chef reigns supreme only at that restaurant. Among these are:

  • Atlas is the signature restaurant at the St. Regis Atlanta Hotel and executive chef Christopher Grossman has transformed it into a culinary wonderland. Chef Grossman brings years of experience working alongside top-rated chefs, including his most recent position at Thomas Keller’s highly acclaimed The French Laundry in Napa Valley.

  • Mission + Market’s chef Ian Winslade is a native of Great Britain who began his career in New York’s Le Bernardin and then began a culinary journey that took him to Santa Monica for years before he came to Atlanta to work with Tom Catherall. He has worked in several Atlanta restaurant institutions including Bluepointe, Spice Market and Murphy's. He recently beat Bobby Flay.

  • Watershed’s chef Matt Marcus is a third-generation chef who has worked in Buckhead’s Portofina as the executive chef as well as Chops, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, and Woodfire Grill.

  • Drew Van Leuvan is the executive chef of Seven Lamps and oversees all aspects of the restaurant including supervising culinary development and ensuring the kitchen operates at peak performance daily. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Van Leuvan has apprenticed under some of the world’s best chefs including Jean Louis Palladin, Guenter Seeger, Wylie Dufresne, Joel Antunes, Sam Mason and Mark Dommen. A member of the Jean Louis Palladin Foundation, Van Leuvan has also worked at TAP, TROIS and was the executive chef at ONE Midtown Kitchen.

  • Pano I. Karatassos, executive chef of Kyma, grew up in the kitchen watching his Greek grandmother prepare her native cuisine and working in his father’s group of restaurants, the Buckhead Life Group. Karatassos and his family opened Kyma, an upscale Greek restaurant featuring contemporary and traditional Greek food with special emphasis on seafood from the Aegean Sea, and he has since written a cookbook, "Modern Greek Cooking."

  • Antica Posta offers quintessential Tuscan cooking from the Betti Brothers.  Born in Reggeloo, Firenze in Tuscany, Marco is the co-owner but Sandro is the chef and together they have offered guests some of the best Italian food in the city since 1999. Sandro opened up a restaurant in Orlando but the brothers are still front and center at Antica.

  • If you’re looking for movie stars-or anybody actually-who love outstanding sushi then go to Umi. Executive chef Fuyuhiko Ito has more than 28 years in culinary experience in both traditional Japanese and classic French restaurants. At Umi, he offers a new sushi concept as well as a diverse menu with international influences and both classic and progressive approaches to Asian fare. Ito’s wife, Lisa, is the restaurant’s pastry chef.

  • With an impressive and nuanced understanding of French and Mediterranean cuisine, chef Gabriel Camargo shines at F&B, a French bistro with an artist’s aesthetic and celebrity style.

  • Gerry Klaskala has been a local culinary institution for decades and being the co-owner of Canoe is an extra bonus. However, he opened Aria in 2000 and has devoted his talents to this award-winning French bistro.

  • Art Smith, chef at Southern Art & Bourbon Bar in the InterContinental Hotel, may be the definition of a celebrity chef. He just finished up as Michelle Obama’s personal chef on her book tour. He has made regular television appearances on Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Entertainment Tonight, BBQ Pitmasters and The Oprah Winfrey Show, in addition to having served as a Williams-Sonoma culinary instructor and the special events chef for Martha Stewart Living magazine. A contributing editor to O, the Oprah Magazine, Smith is also the author of three award-winning cookbooks. 

  • At Le Bilboquet, Atlanta’s executive chef Cyrille Holota brings many years of experience to the Atlanta location, serving up approachable classics such as Cajun chicken served with a heaping pile of crispy pomme frites and green salad, crab and avocado salad, and steak tartare.

  • Philippe Haddad, a native of Bruges, Belgium, is the chef at Cape Dutch. Prior to opening Cape Dutch, he worked at The Abbey, Nikolai’s Roof and F&B.

  • Marc Suennemann is the executive chef of Trade Root, the restaurant at the Whitley Hotel. Suennemann joins The Whitley from his previous position as executive chef of the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, where he led culinary operations of the hotel’s two restaurants, in-room dining, on-site bowling alley, wedding venues and banquet services. Suennemann’s innovative and worldly culinary vision is rooted in classical training from the College of Gastronomy and Food in Hamburg and years of apprenticing in five-star hotels throughout Germany and Switzerland. 

  • Matthew Rosenkrans is executive chef at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at Phipps Plaza. A native Atlantan he has worked in the restaurant industry since college and has an impressive resume that includes, Pricci, Blackberry Farm and the Chattahoochee Country Club.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications. 


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