Hugh Acheson


Owner/Chef, Five & Ten, The National, Empire State South, and The Florence

Hugh Acheson is the chef/owner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurants Five & Ten and The National, the Atlanta restaurant Empire State South, and the Savannah restaurant The Florence. Hugh’s first cookbook A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen won the award for Best Cookbook in the field of “American Cooking” by the James Beard Foundation in 2012. Food & Wine Magazine named him Best New Chef 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, 10, 11, and 12. He lives in Athens with his family.

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