"This is but a small slice of the talent at each restaurant."
The Team Hugh Acheson
Five & Ten
 Jason Zygmont

Executive Chef, Jason Zygmont, has a lot of experience in some incredible restaurants - both in the south and abroad. He's spent a lot of time in Athens and loves this town. He has a promising career ahead of him.
 
The National
Peter Dale Peter Dale

Mr. Dale came to work at Five & Ten more than ten years ago with no professional cooking under his belt. Well now he’s the sweet disposition cheffing up great Mediterranean fare daily at the National. Smart food. Athens adores Peter, as do I.
 

Chris Luken Chris Luken

Chris Luken has been a partner, bean counter and libations boss at the National since it's beginning. He also is a partner in a wonderful local bar in Athens called the Normal Bar. He lives in Athens with his wife and three kids.

Empire State South
Ryan Smith Josh Hopkins

I believe Josh is one of the most skilled chefs in the south. He has utter respect for ingredients and their origin. He’s headed up a lot of great kitchens and is limitless on the plate. Great soul and great collection of punk rock shirts.

 
Steven Grubbs Steven Grubbs

Likes Riesling, punk rock, Miatas and maps. We like Steve and he’s been with us since 2000. Runs the wine program at both Five & Ten and ESS. Runs them so well he gets Best New Sommelier awards (2011 Food & Wine)
 

The Florence
Kyle Jacovino 
Kyle Jacovino

Executive Chef, Kyle Jacovino, started with me in 2010. He is an exceptionally talented young chef whose culinary background at estemed restaurants such as Joel, Restaurant Eugene, Empire State South and Five & Ten have given him the most solid of foundations on which to showcase his own style of cooking. Kyle spent some very important time in Italy, lodging with family and gaining experience that marks the food he crafts daily.