Scott Peacock

Location: Marion, Alabama

Scott Peacock is a James Beard Award-winning chef from Alabama. One of the foremost authorities on American Southern cuisine, he is best known for his work at Watershed restaurant in Decatur, Georgia, and his partnership with culinary icon Edna Lewis. Peacock’s famous biscuits, Southern recipes, and writing have appeared in The New York Times, Better Homes & Gardens, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Southern Cooking, and others.


Despite his deep Southern culinary roots, Scott Peacock’s early career as a chef focused primarily on French food and cooking techniques. He started as a pastry chef at The Golden Pheasant in Tallahassee, Florida, then went on work at the Georgia governor’s mansion for two terms. During that time he befriended the legendary Edna Lewis who encouraged him to embrace his culinary heritage and “cook what he knew.” The two friends collaborated on the critically acclaimed modern Southern classic The Gift of Southern Cooking (2003). They also co-founded the Society for the Revival and Preservation of Southern Food, a forerunner of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Peacock left Watershed in 2010 to concentrate on writing and other projects. In addition to documenting the stories and food memories of Alabama’s oldest residents, he holds biscuit-making workshops out of the kitchen of his historic mansion Reverie.

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