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Princeton Saunders

Princeton Saunders, born in 1969, was raised in New Jersey and New York. His paternal grandparents owned a restaurant in North Carolina, His maternal grandmother cooked elaborate meals for the family in New Jersey. His parents loved fine dining and fostered that love in their children. Enrolled in a program in Morehouse, Saunders joined the food and beverage industry in 1990 picking up service jobs at Underground Atlanta restaurants. Ultimately, he was drawn to the camaraderie that restaurants provided.

In 1993, Saunders took his first fine dining position at Veni, Vidi, Vici, an Italian restaurant in Atlanta. In 1996, Saunders headed west to Aspen, Colorado to work for Charles Dale at the Renaissance Restaurant and Bistro. The lure of the New York restaurant scene proved too strong to resist. In 2002 Saunders moved there to work with Sam Hazen at Tao and with the Tower Group as a waiter and a manager. In 2011, Saunders came back to Atlanta and took a job at Sotto Sotto. In 2012, Saunders began working as a server at Miller Union. He takes pride in using his knowledge of food, wine, and service to provide an excellent experience for his guests.

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