The Southern Hot List

February 2016
By: Garden and Gun

The Kitchen Magicians
Seven enterprising chefs who are following their passions at their innovative new restaurants

Willa Jean, in New Orleans, brings to mind Grandma’s kitchen—taken over by a pair of the country’s finest pastry chefs. Lisa White and Kelly Fields, who lent her own grandmother’s name to the restaurant, pay tribute to generations past with biscuits, skillet cornbread, and sandwiches heaped with fried chicken and griddled meat loaf. Joseph Lennwon a James Beard Award for his work at the ultraluxe Blackberry Farm resort in Walland, Tennessee.