With Knox Mason getting ready for its closing day in enterprise July 2, chef Matt Gallaher is planning to regroup and take it straightforward – a method he might need picked up whereas cooking for The Eagles.
The downtown Knoxville chef wasn’t all the time a restaurant proprietor. Skilled at nationally acclaimed East Tennessee resort Blackberry Farm, Gallaher introduced his expertise to the music business as a fledgling chef, catering meals for rock legends like Neil Younger and nation stars like Tim McGraw.
He ultimately grew to become the non-public tour chef for Kings of Leon earlier than transitioning to the governor’s mansion, the place he grew to become the non-public chef for Invoice Haslam. And it was through the latter stint that Gallaher returned to his farm-to-table roots, which carried over to the opening of Knox Mason on the 100 block of Homosexual Avenue roughly 10 years in the past.
In 2019, the restaurant moved a number of blocks south to the brand new Embassy Suites on Homosexual Avenue. Lower than six months later: COVID-19. Now, with simply greater than per week left in enterprise, Gallaher is getting ready for a brand new chapter in his life – one which’s leaving Knox Mason behind.
On this week’s episode of “The Scruffy Stuff” podcast, Gallaher joins to debate the challenges COVID-19 induced for Knox Mason and the way he plans to maneuver ahead.
Hear all about life as a chef on tour, the impression Blackberry Farm has on the downtown eating scene and whether or not Knox Mason can be remembered as a legacy restaurant in Knoxville
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