Macke's Chef Entertains With His Blog 'Elevated Southern'

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Toby Willis is the executive chef at Macke’s Fine Dining and Wine Bar, an upscale Southern bistro located on the second floor of Grace's Plaza in Green Hills. A native of Cleveland, Tenn., and a graduate of the University of the South, Chef Willis brings a casual elegance to his cooking which he claims is inspired by memories of his mother and grandmother's creations during his youth.

He also writes eloquently of his life as a restaurateur at his entertaining personal blog Elevated Southern. A consistent favorite in my feed reader, I enjoy following along with the chef as he describes his experiences in the kitchen, opulent catering gigs and his always enjoyable accounts of his adventures on his rare days off.

A recent post even shared a preview of a rough draft of his upcoming summer menu at Macke's. Elevated Southern is a fascinating look behind the swinging doors to the kitchen and into the creative mind of a chef. Without stooping to the brash trash of a Kitchen Confidential, Chef Willis invites you into his world. Add him to your blogroll and join him for the ride.

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