Nick Wallace (Nick Wallace Culinary)

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For Best Chef winner Nick Wallace, “farm-to-table” is a concept that is close to his heart. He developed a love for cooking while working in the kitchen with his grandmothers, Queen Morris and Lennel Donald, on his family’s farm 
near Edwards, Miss.

In 199, he received an associate degree in food and beverage management from Hinds Community College and joined BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar in 2001. 
 Two years later, he became the first African American executive chef at the Jackson Marriott Hotel, where he worked until 2008. In 2013, Wallace moved to executive chef at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Palette Cafe, which is now La Brioche at the Museum.

He stepped down in 2017 to focus on his own business, Nick Wallace 
Culinary. NWC works to help local farmers become organic-certified, provides cooking demonstrations, caters for events and more.

“I wanted to work with local farmers more and have solid connection with the people who worked the farms producing the food and are responsible for what ends up on the table here in Mississippi,” he told the Jackson Free Press in January.

In August 2018, Wallace launched “From My Hands to Your Kitchen,” in which he cooks meals in a person’s home kitchen.

For more information, visit —Dustin Cardon and Brinda Fuller Willis

WINNER: Best Chef

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