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Derek Emerson has been adding to the local culinary scene ever since getting his start at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar fresh out of culinary school. Now, Emerson is the owner of three successful restaurants in the Jackson metro area: Walker’s Drive-in and CAET Wine Bar in Jackson and Local 463 Urban Kitchen in Madison.

While Emerson grew up in Beverly Hills, Calif., he first connected to Mississippi by spending summers with his grandparents in Meridian. He has been a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for the best chef in the South on multiple occasions, most recently in 2014. Emerson’s successful restaurants have made him a household name in Jackson, as Walker’s Drive-In quickly went from being a local favorite to being covered in numerous culinary publications nationwide.—Imani Khayyam

Address: Walker’s, 3016 N State Street Jackson MS 39216

Phone number: 601-982-2633


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