CHEF MARGOT McCORMACK
Margot spent Saturday mornings as a little girl in the kitchen with her mother. She loved cooking, eating and spending time with her mom. As a student at UT Knoxville, Margot’s first professional cooking job was as a line cook at Bennigan’s. Upon graduation with a BA in English, Margot moved back to Nashville to pursue a creative writing career but instead found herself back in the kitchen working for local restaurateur Jody Faison at his very popular restaurant Faison’s. Jody encouraged her to be creative and introduced her to the work of Alice Waters. Motivated by her experience at Faison’s, Margot enrolled in the culinary arts program at the Culinary Institute of America. After completing the 21 month program Margot set her sights on New York City where she became the chef at Danal, a quaint European café in the East Village. There she embraced the food and culture of France. Her ideas about cooking began to take shape as she honed her skills and developed her style.
In 1995 Margot returned home and became the Executive chef at F. Scott’s. Over the next five years she reacquainted herself with the Nashville dining community and they embraced her vision of fresh, simple food prepared well. In 2001 she left to pursue her dream of opening her own restaurant. Margot’s philosophy on food and cooking is inspired by the French culture, based on seasonality and the very best locally sourced ingredients. Margot is not looking to reinvent food but to reintroduce it in a personal and accessible way.