Where To Find Celebrity Chefs In Nashville

Dated: 09/26/2014

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by TJ Anderson

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Local bearer of food smarts Jennifer Justus shared news this week, through the Nashville Scene, that celebrity chef Carla Hall — known for a Top Chef almost-win and ABC show The Chew, along with those kinda disturbing Kraft commercials that put her head on a child’s body — is getting ready to open a Nashville hot chicken spot in New York

Although we as a culture don’t necessarily hold most reality TV-launched famous folk in hugely high regard, chefs like Hall and other Top Chef/Food Network/etc. alums tend to get a lot of respect, since they ultimately ended up on the small screen via a strong display of talent. Having tried the food at a mix of celeb-chef restaurants here and elsewhere, I’ll definitely offer up due applause.

The world of celeb chefs showing love in or toward Nashville is nothing new, and it’s only growing. Curious about where in town you can try (or will soon be able to try) the creations of celeb/TV-spotlighted chefs? Here’s a quick rundown of a few places:


Inside the revamped historic Melrose theater, executive chef Dale Levitski leads the menu and the kitchen at Sinema, a new space that serves eclectic American fare. Top Chef diehards will remember Levitski from his hugely impressive showing in season 3 (he nearly took the crown, finishing as runner-up to Hung Huynh) and return as an All-Star in season 8.


Regular Top Chef pits very accomplished food pros against each other; Top Chef: Masters features the Mr./Ms. Miyagis to their Daniels. Superstar chef Jonathan Waxman came very close to winning season 2, but TV success certainly isn’t at the top of his resume — he’s widely considered as a food pioneer and one of the best chefs in the U.S. This summer, he opened Adele’s in The Gulch, with a seasonally and locally focused menu that’s a lot more low-key than you might expect from the star-chef world.

James Beard Award-winning Sean Brock’s had his TV time too, on season 2 of PBS’ The Mind of a Chef (executive produced and narrated by one of the food world’s biggest names, Anthony Bourdain). In 2013, Brock opened a Nashville sister to his beloved Charleston restaurant, Husk, in Rutledge Hill downtown. The menu is upscale Southern, and changes daily based on what’s seasonal.

Chauhan Ale & Masala House 
Avid food TV watchers certainly know renowned chef Maneet Chauhan, a discriminating judge on Food Network competition show Chopped and a graduate of both Iron Chef and The Next Iron Chef. She’s turned to Nashville as the place to open her first restaurant: an "Indian gastropub" in the Gulch called Chauhan Ale & Masala House that, last I heard, was set to open imminently, on Oct. 1.

PM, {blvd} and Suzy Wong’s House of Yum 
Chef Arnold Myint didn’t set his sights on Nashville — he’s from here, and leads a mix of local restaurants, including Asian fusion stops PM and Suzy Wong’s (in Belmont/Hillsboro and on Church St. downtown, respectively) and bistro/bar {blvd} near PM. If you cheered Myint on during season 7 of Top Chef, you’ll almost doubtlessly agree: Our hometown chef was robbed.

Have you tried any of these chefs’ food? Love to hear your thoughts.

If you’re looking for a home that’s close to great restaurants like these, reach out — I’d love to help you find the perfect place.
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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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