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HUGH ACHESON is the author of the James Beard Award Winning cookbook A NEW TURN IN THE SOUTH: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen and chef/owner
of 5 & 10 and The National in Athens, Georgia, Empire State South and coffee shop Spiller Park Coffee in Atlanta, and The Florence in Savannah.

He is also the founder of the non-profit organization, Seed Life Skills, a living, multimedia curriculum built to serve the needs of the modern Family & Consumer Sciences (founded as Home Economics) classroom, emphasizing retainable real life skills with topics including hands-on culinary instruction, conscious consumer economics, and D.I.Y. design principles. 

A New Turn in the South won the award for Best Cookbook in the field of “American Cooking” by the James Beard Foundation in 2012.

His second cookbook is Pick a PICKLE: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks and his third, THE BROAD FORK: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruit, was released in the spring of 2015.

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 in later seasons.

He lives in Athens with his family.