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Chef Matthew Basford

Matthew Basford


Tuesday, April 8th

Starting his culinary journey as a teen in Australia, Matthew won second place in a tasting competition that honors top apprentices. Once officially a qualified chef on completion of his apprenticeship, he headed to New Orleans to work at Dominique's, at the Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter. After Hurricane Katrina struck, Matthew landed at Canoe in Atlanta, starting as a line cook and working his way up to executive chef in this outstanding landmark restaurant.

Chef Chris Hall

Chris Hall

Local Three Kitchen & Bar

Wednesday, April 9th

As a teenager Chris began working at Pizza Hut on Collier Road in Atlanta. Then off to college and a job at the famous Lec Bec Fin in Philadelphia, where he learned to cook by the likes of who Chef Hall endearingly calls "an angry Frenchman". Soon after heading back to Atlanta, he landed at Canoe restaurant on the river front. Now proprietor of Local Three, Muss and Turner's and Common Quarter, when he is not in the kitchen Chef Hall can definitely be found on a golf course.

Chef E.J. Hodgkinson

E.J. Hodgkinson

JCT. Kitchen & Bar

Thursday, April 10th

Before becoming the executive chef at JCT. Kitchen & Bar, E.J. Hodgkinson crisscrossed the country, polishing his culinary chops at luxury resorts, cafés and the Texas Culinary Academy, Le Cordon Bleu. Hodgkinson's comfort in the kitchen came easy, as he watched his mother and grandmother turn fresh, local ingredients into fulfilling and nourishing meals. The 29-year-old California native aims to rocket JCT. Kitchen & Bar to the national acclaim it deserves.

Chef Tyler Williams

Tyler Williams

Woodfire Grill

Friday, April 11th

Chef Tyler Williams is the executive chef at one of Atlanta's iconic farm-to-table restaurants, Woodfire Grill. Tyler was named “Chef of the Year” by Eater Atlanta and was recognized as a 2012 Atlanta Rising Star Chef. While at Woodfire Grill, Tyler has been named the 2013 Eater Atlanta “Chef of the Year” for the second consecutive year.

Chef Joe Truex

Joe Truex

Watershed on Peachtree

Saturday, April 12th

Chef Joe Truex, a native Southerner, has introduced his unique style of southern cuisine to Watershed on Peachtree's menu since he became Executive Chef and Partner in 2010. His classic approach to cooking transforms traditional southern dishes into something distinctive and exciting. His cooking refreshes our ideas about how creative and delicious southern food can be.

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Paul Albrecht (Chef Paul)

Paul's Restaurant

Sunday, April 13th

Called the "Godfather of Atlanta Cuisine" by Zagat, Chef Paul started his culinary career at age fourteen in Germany and moved to Atlanta in 1979. He co-founded Buckhead Life Restaurant Group that began with the beloved "Pano and Paul's" that won him the coveted "Atlanta Chef of the Year" and the "Master Chef of America" title in California Gourmet. Chef Paul now owns The Great Food Group, Inc. and has two restaurants, Paul's and Social Vinings.

Club Magnolia In-House Culinary All Stars

Club Magnolia has an all star team of specialized culinary professionals responsible for the daily operation of the varied food experiences located throughout the resort such as the Fairway Buffet, The Magnolia Club Bar and Grill, Smoked Pit BBQ, Wood Fired Pizza in the Beer Garden, the Oyster Bar and more. All geared to provide the perfect sanctuary for enjoying the Masters experience.

Chef Jeffrey McGar

Chef Jeffrey McGar

Culinary Director

Chef Jeffrey McGar was born and raised in Upstate New York and has been working toward mastering the culinary arts since the age of fifteen. Chef McGar has 24 years of management and chef experience in every aspect of the restaurant industry. Initially working in small Italian eateries and pizza parlors progressing to “American-style” casual corporate restaurants, then on to fine dining and white table service. Moving to Atlanta in 1997, Chef McGar continued his education at Cherokee Town & Country Club, where he began a rigorous apprenticeship program mentoring under American Culinary Federation’s, Certified Master Chefs.

Chef Bladimer Pocasangre

Chef Bladimer Pocasangre

Fairway Buffet

This talented chef received all of his training between his mother's kitchen in Guatamala and Chefs Wolfgang Puck and Lee Hefter and not in the academic culinary classroom. At Spago he cooked for the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Michael Jackson, and President Bill Clinton, then on to catering at the Kodak Theater for the Oscars and the Grammys, and the world's largest Aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. He also competes in many competitions and donates his time to events for the Latin American Association.

Chef Edward Knipe

Chef Edward Knipe

Club Magnolia Bar and Grill

Returning each year since 2007, Ed Knipe will be bringing his culinary talents back to Club Magnolia yet again. A young chef who started out as valedictorian of his Pennsylvania culinary class, Chef Ed served the likes of President Bush, many celebrities and sports figures and has worked such prestigious events as Super Bowl, Nascar, Daytona 500, and the US Open Tennis on the traveling catering team for the Sports Entertainment Division of Compass Group International.

Chef John Bil

Chef John Bil

The Oyster Bar at the Magnolia Greens

Cited by the New York Times as one of Edwards Islands' "shellfish shamans" and named one of Canada's "food mavericks", Club Magnolia is proud to have John Bil christen the new Club Magnolia Oyster Bar. He is three time Canadian Champion Oyster Shucker, two time North American Shucking Champion, and first place winner at the World Invitational Oyster Shucking Championship. This 20+ year seafood veteran and famed shucker will be featured at Club Magnolia Thursday thru Sunday of Masters week.

Chef Bill Macky

Chef Bill Macky

Chef Bill's Smoked Pit BBQ at Pat's Birdie Bar

Club Magnolia has been home to this expert grill master extraordinaire since the 2007 Masters. Augusta born and bred, Bill has spent his life sharing and honing his southern influenced recipes, many coming from his kettle pot cooking swamp living dear friend, famed naturalist and ballad musician, Okefenokee Joe. Bill's greatest joy is to make guests smile over his special creations. Those returning and anyone lucky enough to be at Club Magnolia this year, are in for a memorable bar-b-que experience. Featured Wednesday thru Sunday.