Local chefs, Local celebrities.

Regional Georgia Chefs

Kroger and Georgia Grown have partnered to help
make delicious dairy recipes.

Chef John Szymanski

Kroger Head Chef

Brief Bio

John is a Certified Executive Chef and Certified Executive Chef Administrator with the American Culinary Federation.

He has been on the Board of Directors for the American Culinary Federation for the last 12 years.

He has held a position as the National Chairperson for Public Relations and Communication for the Chef and Child Foundation – South Eastern Region.

He is the recipient of the 2007 International Citizenship Award from World Chef’s Scholarship Foundation as well as Chef of the Year 20ll.

He received the Presidential Award from The American Culinary Federation Atlanta Chapter in 2010.

Board of Directors – HEFG Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia

Member Governance Board – Fulton County Schools


Chef John is the President of the Georgia Environmental Health Association Foundation.

Named 2015 Georgia Grown Chef of the Year by Governor Nathan Deal and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

Was awarded Member of the Year 2016 from Georgia Environmental Health for his contributions to Food Safety Training and Education.

Past President of the Georgia Association of Food Protection.

He is also a Certified Food Safety Professional registered with the National Environmental Health Association, and trains on Food Safety for the Kroger Atlanta Marketing area.

Certified instructor of CPFM – certified professional food management course through National Environmental Health Association.

Chef John was one of the 12 celebrity judges for the 45th, 46th, and 47th National Pillsbury Bake Off.

He has been featured on WSB-TV Channel 2, Good Day Atlanta, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, Culinary 41, Martha Stewart, Emeril Live, the Chew, as well as on our own website.

Chef Holly Chute

Georgia Grown

Brief Bio

As Executive Chef for the Georgia Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development, Holly is the most visible face of the Georgia Grown program, which promotes locally grown and crafted products.

Prior to this, she was Executive Chef of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, where she had the pleasure of serving six Georgia governors. She has welcomed foreign heads of state, former U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices… even members of England’s royal family.

Holly was recently honored as a Disciples d’Escoffier and currently serves on the board of the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Chef Stephen Herman

Arnette’s Chop Shop

Brief Bio

With a passion for cooking and an innovative approach to modern American cuisine, Chef Stephen delights locals with a haven for extraordinary cuisine.

Herman has been a part of the celebrated culinary team since the restaurant’s grand opening in 2003, and became a partner in 2012.
His focus is on locally sourced and seasonal food products that affords him the creative ability to blend American cooking with southern influences.

Growing up in Knoxville, Tennessee, Stephen would watch in awe as his mother, an exceptional baker, would spend hours in the kitchen. This sparked Stephen’s love for cooking at a young age, and he has never looked back. Inspired by his mother, Herman decided to pursue a culinary career.

Chef Massimo Mariano

Private Chef

Brief Bio

Chef Massimo was born, raised and trained in Southern Italy. After falling in love with an American studying in Italy, he moved to the States and starting wowing people with his amazing culinary skills. He is currently the owner of Dining with Massimo. He creates unique, hands-on interactive dinner parties in the comfort of your home. Atlantans are fortunate that most of his work is here, while he also does events across the nation. He is a devoted dad to three fabulous children with his American amore.