2022 Georgia Grown Executive Chefs Announced

Posted By: Sarah Thorson GRA News, Restaurant Industry News,


Five Chefs Added to Statewide Program Designed to Foster Relationships

Between Chefs and Farmers


ATLANTA – Georgia Department of Agriculture commissioner Gary W. Black and Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) president + CEO Karen Bremer announced four new Georgia Grown Executive Chefs at the 2022 Taste of Georgia Legislative Reception last week. The Georgia Grown Executive Chef program is a statewide program designed to promote and foster relationships between chefs and farmers while spreading awareness about the quality of locally sourced and grown products in Georgia’s restaurant scene.


The 2022 Executive Chefs include:

  • Chef Jamie Adams, il Giallo Osteria & Bar in Sandy Springs
  • Chef Alex Friedman, Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville
  • Chef Claudia Martinez, Miller Union in Atlanta
  • Chef Jessica Rothacker, Heirloom Café in Athens
  • Chef Peter Vossenberg, Helms College in Augusta


“We’re honored that these phenomenal chefs, many of whom also are small business owners, have accepted the distinction of wearing a Georgia Grown chef’s coat,” said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. “This program is one of the many ways our relationship with the Georgia Restaurant Association has helped our team support our growers and producers.”


“Year after year, we are thrilled by the passion and skills the new class of Georgia Grown Executive Chefs brings to the table,” said GRA President + CEO Karen Bremer. “The five chefs chosen for the 2022 program possess a strong desire to promote the use of local, seasonal food on their menus and are passionate about strengthening their relationships with Georgia suppliers. We are proud to have this group of chefs represent Georgia’s culinary scene and champion the Georgia Grown program.”


In its 10th year, the Georgia Grown Executive Chef program continues to strengthen awareness of Georgia Grown products around the state, while acknowledging a diverse group of culinary professionals who prioritize Georgia Grown in their restaurants, schools and communities.


About Georgia Grown: The Georgia Grown program provides a powerful new branding tool as well as education, marketing and business connections to expand agribusinesses and the agricultural industry throughout Georgia. Learn more today at www.GeorgiaGrown.com.


About the GRA: The GRA’s mission is to serve as the voice for Georgia’s Restaurants in Advocacy, Education and Awareness. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. From large chains to start-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and helps make restaurants better for Georgia. For more information, visit www.garestaurants.org.