The Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans, and Chefs fosters camaraderie and mentorship, honoring the bounty of the South and the hands that grow, nurture and interpret its harvest.

To provide a forum for farmers, chefs, and artisans to break bread and share knowledge while reinforcing the sustaining bridge between field and table.


Sean Brock, Audrey, Nashville, TN
Ben Barker, Magnolia Grill, Durham, NC
Allan Benton, Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Madisonville, TN
Vishwesh Bhatt, Snackbar/City Grocery Restaurant Group, Oxford, MS
Ashley Christensen, A-C Restaurant Group, Raleigh, NC
John Coykendall, Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
Betsy and Alex Hitt, Peregrine Farm, Graham, NC
Sherry and Mark Guenther, Muddy Pond Sorghum, Monterey, TN
Will Harris, White Oak Pastures, Bluffton, GA
Jessica and Jeremy Little, Sweet Grass Dairy, Thomasville, GA
Glenn Roberts, Anson Mills, Columbia, SC
Rodney Scott, Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, Charleston, SC
Frank Stitt, Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL
Margaret Ann Toohey and David Snow, Snow’s Bend Farm, Coker, AL
Julian Van Winkle, Old Rip Van Winkle, Frankfort, KY

Karen Barker, Magnolia Grill, Durham, NC
Leah Chase, Dooky Chase Restaurant, New Orleans, LA
Louis Osteen, Louis’s at Pawley’s, Pawley’s Island, SC

Scott Peacock, Watershed, Decatur, GA
Susan Spicer, Bayona, New Orleans, LA


Membership to the Fellowship is determined by a consensus of current Fellows and a representative of the Southern Foodways Alliance. The Fellowship inducts one fellow every other year.

The Fellowship inducts those folks who set national standards in their respective fields by growing, nurturing, or interpreting the South’s bounty. They exhibit a hands-on and thoughtful approach to their craft.

Individuals, not operations, are inducted. Thus, neither retirement nor relocation will affect a Fellows standing. When appropriate, life partners or siblings may be inducted as a joint Fellow.


The Fellows meet at Blackberry Farm once a year – in conjunction with SFA’s benefit weekend – to gather with others who share the same ethic regarding their culinary craft and to take advantage of the continuing education provided. If ideas for other initiatives arise out of those meetings, Fellows may pursue them independently or in concert with the SFA.

The Fellowship is an honorary group, supported by SFA and Blackberry Farm. The work of the former is instrumental in identifying potential Fellows and organizing the weekend at Blackberry Farm, which will act as the Fellowship’s hub.

Each year the Fellows host a Guest Scholar, who works in the broad world of food. That person will give a lecture at Blackberry Farm, during the annual residence of the Fellows. To see a clip of one of the Guest Scholars in action at Blackberry Farm, please click here.