Chef Abigail Hutchinson, one of the distinguished participants in the first Guest Chef Series of 2013 at Chef Joe Randall’s Cooking School on January 15. Chef Hutchinson the executive chef at Jekyll Island Club Hotel was joined by Ashley Huston, Chef Garde Manager of the hotel. Mayor Edna B. Jackson was one of the distinguished guests in attendance for the evening.
The series will continue to bring some of the best and brightest in the world of culinary arts to Savannah, to impart the joys of cooking and the skills necessary to prepare savory full course meals.
Chef Randall is a 50 year veteran of the hospitality and food service industry. During 2013, Randall will celebrate The Edna Lewis Foundation with a monthly Guest Chef Dinner Series. All dinner proceeds will be donated to the foundation. The Edna Lewis Foundation, has recently been designated as a none profit charity. Joe Randall, is the chairman of the Foundation’s board of directors.
Edna Lewis (1916- 2006), a native of Virginia, was a prolific chef, cookbook writer and the Grande Dame of Southern Cooking. Among her many awards were: “Who’s Who in American Cooking,” (Cook’s Magazine, 1986); an honorary Ph.D in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University Norfolk College of Culinary Arts in May 26, 1996”; “James Beard Living Legend Award” (their first such award, 1999), and being named “Grande Dame” (Les Dames d’Escoffier, 1999).
“Dr. Edna Lewis was lauded as one of the great women of American cooking. Lewis was also a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and was the very first recipient of their lifetime achievement award in 1999. She cooked in New York City for much of her adult life at Café Nicholson on Manhattan’s East Side, and Gage & Tollner in Brooklyn, also Farrington House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina, but lived her last years in Atlanta, Georgia. The Edna Lewis Foundation will host its second fund-raising reception and dinner to celebrate the birth of Edna Lewis on Saturday, April 13, 2013, 6:00 pm at the City Club of Buckhead, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia. For additional information please visit www.ednalewisfoundation.org or phone (912) 303-0409.