Scott Peacock

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Scott Peacock
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Culinary career
Cooking styleAmerican Southern

Scott Peacock (born 1963) is an award-winning chef of American Southern cuisine.

Early life[edit]

Scott Peacock was born and grew up in Hartford, Alabama. Southern Cooking and Gulf Coast seafood were his earliest culinary influences.[1] Food was picked, cooked, and eaten fresh.[2] He also developed a love for French cooking through Julia Child's popular television series[3] and decided to pursue a career as a chef.


Peacock began his career as pastry chef at Tallahassee’s The Golden Pheasant. From there he moved to the Georgia governor’s mansion where he worked for two governors over four years.[3] A trip home to Alabama for his grandmother’s funeral led to a bite of lemon chess pie, brought over by a family friend, which reawakened his interest in traditional Southern cooking. Shortly thereafter, a national magazine planned to feature one of his menus, and he sought the advice of the doyenne of Southern cooking, Edna Lewis, an African-American chef who moved to New York City from Virginia and had become a legend in culinary circles.[3] Miss Lewis advised Peacock to cook something Southern. Thus began not only a successful redefinition of Southern cuisine, but a lasting friendship and collaboration.

Following his years at the governor’s mansion, Scott Peacock became the founding chef of Atlanta’s Horseradish Grill. From there he moved to Watershed restaurant, also in Atlanta, which was co-owned by Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls,[4] and others. He left Watershed in 2010 to devote his time to writing and documentary film.[5]

Collaboration with Edna Lewis[edit]

Scott Peacock and Edna Lewis first met in the late 1980s.[3] Their mutual devotion to and appreciation of Southern cooking led to a deep bond. Together they wrote The Gift of Southern Cooking (Knopf, 2003).[6] Lewis spent the last six years of her life living at Peacock’s Decatur, Georgia home.[7] As Peacock remarked, “She’s my best friend. The least of what I’ve learned from her has to do with cooking.”[1]

Publications and awards[edit]

Scott Peacock’s recipes have appeared in a number of publications including: USA Today, Atlanta Magazine, Cooking Light, Southern Living, The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, and Gourmet.[4] He has also been a frequent guest on television, including The Today Show,[8] Martha Stewart's Martha,[9] Good Morning America,[10] and The CBS Early Show.[11][12]

The James Beard Foundation awarded Scott Peacock "Best Chef in the Southeast" in May 2007.[4]

Since February 2009 Scott Peacock has been a contributing editor and columnist for Better Homes and Gardens magazine.[13]


  1. ^ a b Janet K. Keeler (30 October 2003). "St. Petersburg Times: A Tale of Two Chefs". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  2. ^ Dorie Turner (2 January 2008). "St. Petersburg Times: Chef Scott Peacock is Charmed by Southern cooking". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d Tejal Rao (October 2007). "Chef Scott Peacock, Watershed - Decatur, GA on". Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Scott Peacock - Speaker Profile - Random House Speakers Bureau". Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  5. ^ Jennifer Brett (25 February 2010). "Scott Peacock leaves Watershed for film project". The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  6. ^ "The Gift of Southern Cooking by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock - Book - Random House". Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  7. ^ Eric Asimov; Kim Severson (14 February 2006). "Edna Lewis, 89, Dies; Wrote Cookbooks That Revived Refined Southern Cuisine". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  8. ^ "A meat and potatoes dinner that won't bust your diet - food -". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  9. ^ "On Today's Show: 07/03/08 - Martha Stewart TV". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Scott Peacock's Braised Chicken Thighs Recipe - ABC News". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Southern-Style Brunch, On A Shoestring - CBS News". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  12. ^ "Renowned Chef's Recipes for Modern Cooks". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Scott Peacock's American Classics". Retrieved 14 June 2011.