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Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson to participate in 2016 Kapalua Wine & Food Festival

By Staff | Dec 24, 2015

Food & Wine Magazine named Hugh Acheson the “Best New Chef in 2002” and the James Beard Foundation awarded him “Best Chef Southeast” in 2012. PHOTO BY JASON HALES.

KAPALUA – The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival will celebrate its 35th annual event on June 9-12, 2016, and Hugh Acheson will be one of the featured guest chefs at the event.

Acheson is the author of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook “A NEW TURN IN THE SOUTH: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen” and chef/owner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurants 5&10 and The National, the Atlanta restaurant Empire State South and coffee shop Spiller Park Coffee, and the Savannah restaurant The Florence.

“A NEW TURN IN THE SOUTH” won the award for best cookbook in the field of American Cooking by the James Beard Foundation in 2012.

His second cookbook is “Pick a PICKLE: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks,” and his third, “THE BROAD FORK: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruit,” was released in the spring of 2015. Acheson competed in Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” (Season 3) and starred as a judge on “Top Chef” (Seasons 9-13). He lives in Athens with his family.

The 2016 festival will feature an international theme. Interactive wine panels will focus on international winemakers and regions, including Australia and Spain.

Other notable panels will be “Women in Wine,” “Scions of Family Wineries” and “Globetrotting Winemakers.”

Panelists are still being finalized and will be announced in early 2016. Additionally, tickets go on sale mid-January 2016 at www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.