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The Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton

127 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30303, USA TEL: +1-404-523-1200 FAX: +1-404-523-1201

Chef Hugh Acheson at The Candler Hotel

Owner of the restaurant at The Candler Hotel, Hugh Acheson's fresh approach to Southern food has earned him a great deal of recognition. A self-taught chef, Acheson is a former contestant on Bravo's Top Chef Masters and looks forward to providing a memorable dining experience at By George, the hottest new restaurant in Atlanta!

About Chef Hugh Acheson

Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Hugh started cooking at a young age. At age 15, he began working in restaurants after school and learning as much as possible.

Today, Acheson's experience includes working under Chef Rob MacDonald where he learned stylized French cuisine, wine and etiquette at the renowned Henri Burger restaurant in Ottawa, in San Francisco as the chef de cuisine with Chef Mike Fennelly at Mecca, and later as opening sous chef with famed Chef Gary Danko, where he found a love of the simple, pure, and disciplined.

Taking these experiences, Hugh developed a style of his own forging together the beauty of the South with the flavors of Europe, and began opening his own signature restaurants.


  • 2000, critically acclaimed 5&10, Athens
  • 2007, The National with Chef Peter Dale, Athens
  • 2010 Empire State South, Atlanta
  • 2015, Spiller Park Coffee, Atlanta

Acheson founded Seed Life Skills, a living, multimedia curriculum serving the needs of the modern Family & Consumer Sciences (founded as Home Economics) classroom, emphasizing retainable real life skills with topics such as hands-on culinary instruction, conscious consumer economics, and D.I.Y. design principles.

He has written four cookbooks, offering inviting and surprising photography and an introduction to his personality, quirky writing, and sketches.


  • Food & Wine's Best New Chef (2002)
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution Restaurant of the Year (2007)
  • James Beard Nominee (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011) and Winner for Best Chef Southeast (2012)
  • StarChefs Rising Star (2002) and Mentor Award (2012)
  • Appearances in Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Garden & Gun, Fine Living, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Maclean's, Art Culinare, and Saveur
  • Bravo's Top Chef Masters competitor Season 3; Top Chef judge Seasons 9-13 as well as Top Chef Duels
  • Host on Bravo's online complement to Top Chef Masters Season 5, Battle of the Sous Chefs

Visit Acheson's website