According to #localfoodhero, Chef John Bryant, something special is happening in Upper East Tennessee. Johnson City bridges the gap in our mountain heritage between the high country of Asheville and the foothills of Knoxville. And Chef Bryant is one of the key-players in their ever growing and expanding local food movement.
Chef Bryant was born and raised in Johnson City where he spent his childhood composting, preserving, and practicing sustainable agriculture. His first job in the food industry was a dishwasher. Now, he’s the Executive Chef at Gourmet and Company; whose mission is to implement locally grown, raised, produced, and crafted ingredients into an upscale dining experience while working with the community to create a locally, sustainable food system. His plateware is even locally-made! (and you should totally watch the video on his FB page!) He's actively involved in Jonesborough Locally Grown, leads cooking demos at the farmers’ market, and prepares meals for the 100 Mile Dinners with the Boone Street Market. Chef Bryant believes genetically-modified food and industrial food production adversely impact our health, so he strives to purchase as much food locally as possible.
So, make a point to visit Chef Bryant at Gourmet and Company the next time you’re in Johnson City. We hope these secret gems in East Tennessee (who’ve put in countless hours to support and promote their local food community) will start putting Johnson City on the map for a great local food town!
Big shoutouts to the following growers and producers used by Chef Bryant: Sunset View Farm, Grand Oak Farm, Serenity Knoll Farm, Foodtopia, Southern Culture, Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Rain Crow Farm, Walnut Kitchen Butcher, Brasstown Beef, Southern Natural Farms, Sunburst Trout FarmsThree Graces Dairy, and Simpson's Meats.