Joe Truex is the Executive Chef at Watershed On Peachtree, a reincarnation of the original Decatur classic. If you’ve eaten his food- whether at Watershed or at his previous Atlanta restaurant, Repast, you know that the dude knows his food. A quick look under the chef’s toque reveal his thoughts on where Daniel Boulud should eat in Atlanta, hidden gems, and adjusting from live on Ponce de Leon Avenue to Peachtree Road…
Q. Ponce and Peachtree, a tale of two cities: what’s the biggest adjustment?
A. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Seriously though, Peachtree location offers a larger bar area than Ponce, also, Peachtree has great patio seating and true private dining whereas Ponce did not.
Q. A recent Culinary Institute grad is thinking about starting his or her cooking career in Atlanta- what’s your pitch?
A. Jump in. Atlanta has a diverse culinary scene, lots of ethnic flavor, deep southern roots.
Q. Hidden Atlanta gems?
A. Aviary salon at Studioplex. Sidney= great hair stylist. The W Store at the W Atlanta – Midtown. Jessica= fashionista extraordinaire.
Q. Your former boss, Chef Daniel Boulud, is coming to Atlanta for one day and is hungry. Besides Watershed On Peacthree, where are you taking him to eat?
A. Gonna hit three places for small bites: Pura Vida, H&F and Cardamom Hill.
Q. I’m hungry. Why should I eat at Watershed On Peachtree?
A. Flavorful, fresh, creative southern that is a reflection of the new south.
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