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Robert St. John    

Chef, Author, Restaurateur & World-Class Eater

St.John is a nationally-known restaurateur, chef, food writer, author, and a true original. St.John, one of the nations’s only food/humor columnists, began self-syndicating his weekly newspaper column six years ago and quickly amassed a loyal and fanatical readership. The Lexington Herald-Leader called him a “Jeff Foxworthy-style chef with an opinion on all things culinary.”

Everyone from Time magazine— "St. John explores the roots of Southern hospitality with witty essays and quietly sophisticated recipes” to National Public Radio— “The Mississippi restaurateur, food columnist, and chef treats his subjects with humor and a lot of down-home conversation.” has chimed in on St.John.

St.John has been featured on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, and the Turner South network. He has two television projects in development and is a creative force in the gourmet food business.

St.John has authored nine books in the last seven years:

-A Southern Palate, a collaboration with renowned watercolorist Wyatt Waters

-Deep South Staples or How to Survive in a Southern Kitchen Without A Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup, a collection of updated and legitimized traditional southern recipes

-Nobody’s Poet, an anthology of his food columns illustrated by two-time Pulitzer finalist Marshall Ramsey

-My South, a collaborative effort with Rutledge Hill Press and the Turner South network

-Deep South Parties a collection of new and old Southern cocktail party favorites

-Southern Seasons, a coffee table cookbook and his second collaboration with watercolorist Wyatt Waters

-New South Grilling, published by Hyperion

-An Italian Palate, the third collaboration between St. John and Waters, written after research of the Italian peninsula from the southernmost beaches of Sicily to the snow-capped peaks of the Italian Alps. St. John has created 119 easy=to-prepare Italian recipes focusing on the indigenous, everyday foods of the Italian people. The book features over 60 original watercolors by Waters

-Fred the Red Frog, a children's book illustrated by St. John's mother Dinny St. John, an art teacher for over 50 years who studied at Vanderbilt University and received her MFA at the University of Southern Mississippi

St.John is past president and chairman of the board of the Mississippi Restaurant Association. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Mississippi Arts Commission, The Mississippi Museum of Art, and is on the National Chef’s Council for the Chef’s for Humanity Organization.

In 2009 St. John founded Extra Table, a non-profit organization committed to ending hunger by providing food pantries and soup kitchens with the new and healthy food they need to feed the hungry in their community.

St.John has a beautiful wife and two wonderful children who obviously take after their mother.

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