“TO ATHENS, HE IS THE GUY WHO OWNS THOSE RESTAURANTS, HAS ONE EYEBROW, AND A WIFE FAR BETTER LOOKING THAN HE IS”
About Hugh Hugh Acheson

2012
James Beard Foundation: winner “Best Chef: Southeast”
James Beard Foundation: A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen winner for Best Cookbook in the field of "American Cooking"

 

2011

Atlanta Magazine: Empire State South Restaurant of The Year
James Beard Foundation: nominated as “Best Chef: Southeast”

 

 

2010

James Beard Foundation: nominated as “Best Chef: Southeast”

 

 

2009

James Beard Foundation: nominated as “Best Chef: Southeast”
James Beard House: Guest Chef, Georgia Peach Dinner
Charleston Food + Wine Festival: Guest Chef, BB&T
Charleston Food + Wine Festival: Co-winner, Battle of the James Beard Foundation Award Nominees
Inn at Palmetto Bluff: Guest Chef, Low Country Celebration
Gourmet magazine (October): Winner, Most Appropriate Chef's Tattoo
Athens Banner-Herald: Reader’s Choice Chef of the Year
10 World-Leading Press Masters choose 100 Contemporary Chefs: Mario Batali selects Hugh as one of the 100 best contemporary chefs in COCO

 

 

2008

James Beard Foundation: nominated as “Best Chef: Southeast”
StarChefs.com: Recipient, “Rising Star” award
Athens Banner-Herald: Reader’s Choice Chef of the Year

 

 

2007

James Beard Foundation: nominated as “Best Chef: Southeast”
James Beard House: Guest Chef, Quintessential Southern Dinner
Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn: Honorary Chef, “Taste of the South” food and wine gala
Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium: Presenter
Georgia Trend Magazine: Recipient, Silver Spoon Award

 

 

2006

James Beard Foundation: nominated as “Best Chef: Southeast”
James Beard House: Guest Chef, Quintessential Southern Dinner
Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn: Honorary Chef, “Taste of the South” food and wine gala
Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium: Presenter
Georgia Trend Magazine: Recipient, Silver Spoon Award