Georgia Department of Agriculture

Georgia Grown Executive Chefs

Georgia Grown and Georgia Restaurant Association Announce

2013 Georgia Grown Executive Chefs


ALTANTA, GA (February 20, 2013) - Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black and Georgia Restaurant Association President Karen Bremer today announced the new Georgia Grown Executive Chefs for 2013. The four chefs for 2013 are Chef Jennifer Hill Booker of Your Resident Gourmet, LLC in Atlanta, Chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Resurgens Hospitality in Atlanta, Chef Ahmad Nourzad of Affairs to Remember Catering in Atlanta, and Chef David Synder of Halyards, Tramici Restaurant, and Halyards Catering in St Simons.


“As demonstrated through the success of last year’s pilot program, Georgia Grown executive chefs help create a greater awareness about the availability of the quality, local products that can be found on our state’s expanding culinary scene,” Black said. “This program is one of the many ways working with the Georgia Restaurant Association helps us promote and foster relationships between chefs and our farmers across the state.”

"Whether you are an Executive Chef or an everyday consumer, purchasing local food is beneficial for a number of reasons," said GRA Executive Director Karen Bremer. "Georgia Grown food is fresher, more nutritious, saves in transportation cost and environmental impact – and most importantly, it supports the community financially. By buying local, we can generate more revenue for our state, which will create more jobs. It's a win-win situation."

As the program continues to roll out in 2013, it will create a pathway for consumers to find Georgia Grown products in their communities in order to support local, seasonal foods when dining out. It also aims to highlight and involve public school culinary education and school food nutrition in terms of increased opportunities for Georgia Grown products, training and recipe development.

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About Georgia Grown:

The Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program provides a powerful branding tool as well as education, marketing and business connections to expand agribusinesses and the agricultural industry throughout the state. Learn more or join Georgia Grown at

About the Georgia Restaurant Association: 

The GRA’s mission is to serve as the voice for Georgia’s Restaurants in Advocacy, Education and Awareness. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. From large chains to start-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and helps make restaurants better for Georgia. For more information, visit

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