Scott Peacock is an award-winning chef of American Southern cuisine. He began his career as pastry chef at Tallahassee’s The Golden Pheasant. From there, he moved to the Georgia governor’s mansion, where he worked for two governors over four years. A trip home to Alabama for his grandmother’s funeral led to a bite of lemon chess pie, which reawakened his interest in traditional Southern cooking. Shortly thereafter, a national magazine planned to feature one of his menus, and he sought the advice of the doyenne of Southern cooking, Edna Lewis, an African-American chef who moved to New York City from Virginia and had become a legend in culinary circles. Miss Lewis advised Peacock to cook something Southern. Thus began not only a successful redefinition of Southern cuisine, but a lasting friendship and collaboration.
Following his years at the governor’s mansion, Peacock became the founding chef of Atlanta’s Horseradish Grill. From there, he moved to Watershed restaurant, also in Atlanta, co-owned by Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls and others. He left Watershed in 2010 to devote his time to writing and documentary film.
Peacock’s recipes have appeared in numerous publications including USA Today, Atlanta Magazine, Cooking Light, Southern Living, The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, and Gourmet. He has been a frequent guest on television, including “The Today Show,” Martha Stewart’s “Martha,” “Good Morning America” and “The CBS Early Show.” The James Beard Foundation awarded Scott Peacock Best Chef in the Southeast in May 2007. He is a contributor to America: The Cookbook (Phaidon, October 2017).