By: Chef John Chapiewski
Spending most of my life in two major cities (Detroit, Miami), I know what fine dining is all about. Even being this close to Atlanta, I still recognize good food.
That’s why I get frustrated as a culinary instructor living in the Chattahoochee Valley area. Most of my students think that once they graduate, the only area for them to thrive in the food service industry is in either Atlanta or Birmingham. I want them, and you as the reader to realize that there are some amazingly talented chefs in this area as well.
There are also some great places to dine in this area. I recently attended an awards banquet honoring our local chefs and I was truly proud to be part of the festivities. It made me realize just what a local dining scene we have here. Now, I realize that a lot of these chefs work at private clubs so you would have to be a member to enjoy their culinary abilities, but Columbus has a plethora of good restaurants. Good, locally owned restaurants and not just corporate chains. Nothing against the chains but in this instance I am cheering for David and not Goliath.
So, with that being said, I am requesting that if possible, this weekend go out and enjoy some local cuisine. And don’t forget to tip your server!!