Payton Warren (Seafood R’evolution)
With a calling to the kitchen that dates back to making food with his mother, Payton Warren, Jacksonians’ choice as this year’s Best New Chef, is a self-proclaimed “kitchen mercenary,” seeking out the biggest challenges that he could possibly tackle in the culinary world.
In 2004, Warren got his big break as sous chef at Julep Restaurant. He went on to help open Biaggi’s Italiano Ristorante in 2007 and led the kitchen at Broad Street Baking Company from 2009 to 2011, when he joined the staff at Table 100 as the chef de cuisine. In 2014, Warren met Rick Tramonto, who told him about his plans to open a Jackson location for Seafood R’evolution and invited him to join the team.Today, Warren can be found spending long hours in the upscale seafood eatery’s kitchen, seeing to his own high standards for the restaurant.
“You see, there aren’t a lot of chefs that specialize in what I do. I like to get things moving,” he says.—Zachary Oren Smith
WINNER: Best New Chef