Home Sweet Homecoming
CHEF LINTON HOPKINS HOSTS CHEF GÜNTER SEEGER IN GRAND STYLE FOR A MICHELIN ON THE ROAD DINNER
Written by Jennifer Bradley Franklin
It’s often said you can’t go home again, but at a recent Michelin on the Road dinner, Chef Günter Seeger did just that in fine style. Seeger, once at the helm of Atlanta’s critically acclaimed Seeger’s, was ahead of his time with his spare, elegant, envelope-pushing cuisine. His menus fell solidly into the “special occasion fare” category for most in this city.
In 2009, he left Atlanta, seeking a broader audience for his talents. His second eponymous restaurant, at the intersection of New York City’s Meatpacking District and West Village, has garnered a Michelin star (chefs don’t have stars, restaurants do). When the Michelin Guide launched their “Michelin on the Road” dinner series, pairing chefs with Michelin-starred restaurants with cities without starred eateries, Seeger was an obvious choice for Atlanta.
Were Michelin to start reviewing restaurants in Atlanta, Restaurant Eugene would be at the top of everyone’s star watchlist, so it was appropriate that the restaurant host the first Michelin on the Road dinner in town. Its elegant dining room created a stunning backdrop for an exquisite seven-course meal, a collaboration between the two talented chefs — Seeger and Chef Proprietor of Restaurant Eugene Linton Hopkins (with assistance from Chris Edwards, the restaurant’s executive chef).
When Seeger left Atlanta nine years ago, it is possible that the city was not yet ready for what he had to offer. However, on a recent chilly evening in this ever-evolving, dynamic city a restaurant full of appreciative guests warmly wished he were back for more than a brief visit.
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Excerpt is from an article featured in the SPRING issue of
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