My F&W
quick save (...)

Matthew Lackey

Chef Matthew Lackey
Photo courtesy of Flyte World Dining and Wine

Restaurant: Flyte World Dining and Wine (Read a review)

Location: Nashville

Why He's Amazing: Because at age 28, he already has combined his farm-kid background with degrees from two culinary institutions to become a champion in the South's local-ingredient movement.

Culinary School: The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY), Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale (Scottsdale, AZ)

Background: True Food Kitchen (Scottsdale); McCrady's, Husk (Charleston, SC)

Quintessential Dish: Chanterelle soup with chestnut pudding and pear

Early Connection to Food: "My grandfather had a farm (in Castalian Springs, Tennessee) and my grandmother had a diner. She makes really good crowder peas. They're a bit heartier than field peas. She would just cook them really slow with ham hocks, onions, celery and thyme. She used ham stock to cook them, and a little hot sauce to finish."

Defining Physical Characteristic: His spiky, upswept hairdo (sometimes hidden under a trucker cap).

Seed Saving: While working at McCrady's, which grows a lot of its own produce, he helped take care of the heirloom seed bank.

advertisement
You might also like
advertisement
The Dish
Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.

Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.

Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers and epicurean insiders at the culinary world's most spectacular weekend, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 19-21.