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As Knox Mason prepares for his last day in business on July 2, chef Matt Gallaher plans to regroup and take it easy – a strategy he could have adopted while cooking for the Eagles.
The downtown Knoxville chef wasn’t always a restaurant owner. Trained at Blackberry Farm, a nationally renowned resort in East Tennessee, Gallaher brought his skills to the music industry as a rookie chef, cooking meals for rock legends like Neil Young and stars. country like Tim McGraw.
He eventually became Kings of Leon’s personal tour chef before moving to the Governor’s Mansion, where he became Bill Haslam’s private chef. And it was during this final stint that Gallaher returned to his farm-to-table roots, which continued until Knox Mason opened on the 100 block of Gay Street some 10 years ago. .
In 2019, the restaurant moved a few blocks south to the new Embassy Suites on Gay Street. Less than six months later: COVID-19. Now, with just over a week left in business, Gallaher is gearing up for a new chapter in his life – one that leaves Knox Mason behind.
On this week’s episode of “The Scruffy Stuff” podcast, Gallaher joins in to discuss the challenges COVID-19 has presented Knox Mason and how he plans to move forward.
Learn all about life as a touring chef, Blackberry Farm’s impact on the downtown culinary scene, and whether Knox Mason will be remembered as a legacy restaurant in Knoxville.
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