Congratulations to 2012 Atlanta Rising Star Chefs, including our own Chef Peter Dale and friends Ryan Smith {Empire State South} and Whitney Otawka {Farm255} “Rising Stars have attributes that make us believe they will be the future leaders of the country’s culinary scene. Put simply, they’re not just surviving the Atlanta restaurant industry, they’re defining it, with exciting cuisine, pours, and culinary concepts.” Here’s what they had to say about Peter Dale and The National: Mediterranean flavors may not immediately come to mind when you think of the New South, but Peter Dale is on a mission to change that, and to change what the tiny market of Athens thinks about those flavors altogether. Dale originally worked on Capitol Hill, then started his culinary career as an stage for Hugh Acheson at 5&10. After travelling throughout Europe, he came back to Athens and opened The National with Acheson. But he’s not cooking the tabbouleh and gyros you had on vacation last summer; instead he sources as locally as possible, then uses the Mediterranean as inspiration to create something altogether new. And Dale succeeds tenfold, combining the bold spices of the region into bright, clean flavors. And as The National continues to influence the Athens community, Dale looks to the future of what the town can become. Dishes that Clinched It: Grilled Lamb Chop, Lamb Kefte, Spring Tabbouleh, Feta, and Pecan Muhummara Orange and Aleppo Marinated Sapelo Island Clams and Cucumber and Georgia Olive Oil Gazpacho Want to experience the food of the country’s culinary scene first hand? Purchase your tickets for the 2012 Rising Stars Revue Gala on Wednesday June 13 at The Goat Farm Atlanta {1200 Foster St, Atlanta, GA 30318}. Each Rising Stars Chef and Pastry Chef will serve one dish paired with beverages from the Rising Star Sommelier and two signature cocktails prepped by the Rising Star Mixologist. {Read more about all of the winners here}

Congratulations to 2012 Atlanta Rising Star Chefs, including our own Chef Peter Dale and friends Ryan Smith {Empire State South} and Whitney Otawka {Farm255}

“Rising Stars have attributes that make us believe they will be the future leaders of the country’s culinary scene. Put simply, they’re not just surviving the Atlanta restaurant industry, they’re defining it, with exciting cuisine, pours, and culinary concepts.”


Here’s what they had to say about Peter Dale and The National:

Mediterranean flavors may not immediately come to mind when you think of the New South, but Peter Dale is on a mission to change that, and to change what the tiny market of Athens thinks about those flavors altogether. Dale originally worked on Capitol Hill, then started his culinary career as an stage for Hugh Acheson at 5&10. After travelling throughout Europe, he came back to Athens and opened The National with Acheson. But he’s not cooking the tabbouleh and gyros you had on vacation last summer; instead he sources as locally as possible, then uses the Mediterranean as inspiration to create something altogether new. And Dale succeeds tenfold, combining the bold spices of the region into bright, clean flavors. And as The National continues to influence the Athens community, Dale looks to the future of what the town can become.

Dishes that Clinched It:

Grilled Lamb Chop, Lamb Kefte, Spring Tabbouleh,
Feta, and Pecan Muhummara

Orange and Aleppo Marinated Sapelo Island Clams and
Cucumber and Georgia Olive Oil Gazpacho


Want to experience the food of the country’s culinary scene first hand?
Purchase your tickets for the 2012 Rising Stars Revue Gala on Wednesday June 13 at The Goat Farm Atlanta {1200 Foster St, Atlanta, GA 30318}. Each Rising Stars Chef and Pastry Chef will serve one dish paired with beverages from the Rising Star Sommelier and two signature cocktails prepped by the Rising Star Mixologist.

{Read more about all of the winners here}