Rising Star Chef Ford Fry of JCT. Kitchen & Bar - Biography
At JCT Kitchen & Bar, 2007 Atlanta Rising Star Chef Ford Fry has created a new type of outlet for Southern food in Atlanta. Years working at EatZi’s taught him that his customers wanted cuisine with a home-cooked feel, and his restaurant background showed that diners wanted a fun, comfortable, but hip space. The restaurant he conceptualized, JCT, is a mixture of just that – a cool bistro atmosphere with timeless cuisine, and distinctly Southern character.
Fry attended the New England Culinary Institute and held sous and executive chef positions at The Ritz Carlton in Aspen, Houston, and Naples, the Snowmass Lodge in Snowmass, CO, and the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in Ojai, CA. At JCT his focus is delicious, approachable food that people can come back for week after week – that means moist, brined fried chicken, garlicky shrimp and grits with grilled bread, and steak with rich turnip gratin and onion rings. The structure itself – with an open upstairs oyster bar and deck with live music and a view of the city – creates a neighborhood vibe in an up-and-coming, industrial part of town. In November 2011 announced that in 2012 he will be opening a new sustainable seafood restaurant with a wood oven called The Optimist.