FOOD & MIXOLOGY Chef Lynne Saw­icki: Turn­ing sand­wiches into art

GA Voice - - Food & Mixology -

By DAR­IAN AARON

Lynne Saw­icki is in a lane all by her­self. As owner and ex­ec­u­tive chef of the De­catur eatery Saw­icki’s Meat, Seafood and More, the va­ri­ety and de­li­cious­ness of her sand­wiches has ev­ery­one from crit­ics to the av­er­age foodie Yelp­ing about one of At­lanta’s best-kept se­crets.

Saw­icki prefers to stay be­hind the scenes and scoffs at the no­tion that she could even be con­sid­ered a pop­u­lar chef. But when cus­tomers credit her for rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing their sense of taste or for ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the art of sand­wich making dif­fer­ently, she’s left with lit­tle choice but to ac­cept the crown she’s been given.

With Saw­icki’s busy, hands-on ap­proach to busi­ness and cook­ing, catching up with her can be chal­leng­ing, but Saw­icki man­aged to chat with Ge­or­gia Voice in be­tween crush­ing her near­est com­pe­ti­tion and run­ning the restau­rant that has be­come a high point for the les­bian chef in a ca­reer that spans 30 years.

Ge­or­gia Voice: Tell us a lit­tle bit about Saw­icki’s Meat, Seafood and More.

Lynne Saw­icki:

‘Sorry, I can’t get it.’ I have my own prin­ci­ples and val­ues and they’re pretty high.

Tell us about your ex­pe­ri­ence in the kitchen as an openly les­bian chef.

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