Chef Chris Ed­wards shifts to King and Duke

He worked five years at Lin­ton Hop­kins’ Restau­rant Eu­gene.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - LIVING - By Li­gaya Figueras [email protected]

Af­ter work­ing nearly five years for Lin­ton Hop­kins’ Resur­gens Hos­pi­tal­ity Group, Chris Ed­wards has left his job as ex­ec­u­tive chef of its flag­ship Restau­rant Eu­gene to lead the kitchen at King and Duke.

“I like the cul­ture they are build­ing,” Ed­wards said of his new em­ployer, Ford Fry, whose At­lanta restau­rants in­clude Beetle­cat, Bar Mar­got, El Felix, Mar­cel, St. Ce­cilia and Su­per­ica. “It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to see a dif­fer­ent way of restau­rant op­er­a­tions,” he said. “I’m look­ing to gain more ex­pe­ri­ence in op­er­a­tional as­pects of run­ning a restau­rant.”

Ed­wards also stated that he looks for­ward to main­tain­ing re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal farm­ers, just as he did dur­ing his ten­ure at Restau­rant Eu­gene and Hole­man & Finch, an­other Hop­kins restau­rant.

A grad­u­ate of John­son & Wales Univer­sity’s Culi­nary Arts Ad­vanced Stand­ing Pro­gram, Ed­wards worked in the kitchens of pop­u­lar restau­rants in Portland, Ore­gon, Palm Beach and Chicago be­fore land­ing back in At­lanta — and on Hop­kins’ team — in 2014.

Spring is when Ed­wards ex­pects to make a few changes at King & Duke. And those switches will be more ap­par­ent on the din­ner menu than for lunch, he said.

But con­sid­er­ing he has been on the job less than a week, Ed­wards doesn’t want to get ahead of him­self. “I have to learn the per­son­al­ity and cul­ture of the restau­rant and the team. That will dic­tate what we are ca­pa­ble of,” he said.

“We love align­ing our­selves with like­minded chefs,” said Fry of Ed­wards. “Not only do we share the same culi­nary vi­sion, but we gen­uinely en­joy work­ing with them. I had the op­por­tu­nity to cook with Chris at a char­ity din­ner, and he blew me away with his pas­sion for food. I just had a great time cook­ing with him.”

Ed­wards re­places EJ Hodgkin­son, who has de­cided to “move on to new ad­ven­tures,” ac­cord­ing to a pre­pared state­ment.

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Chris Ed­wards.

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