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Hugh Acheson

Celebrity Chef; Restaurateur; "Top Chef" Judge

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Hugh Acheson Biography

Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Hugh Acheson started cooking at a young age and decided to make it his career after taking a very long time to realize that academics weren’t his thing. 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, and 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 at his namesake restaurant, where he found a love of the simple, pure and disciplined.

Taking these experiences, Acheson developed a style of his own forging together the beauty of the South with the flavors of Europe and opening the critically acclaimed Athens, GA restaurant 5&10 in March of 2000.

In 2007, Acheson opened The National with fellow chef Peter Dale. Adding to his list of dining establishments, Acheson opened Atlanta restaurant Empire State South in the summer of 2010 and coffee shop Spiller Park Coffee in November of 2015.

Speaking Topics
  • LIFE LESSONS FROM THE KITCHEN

    At Hugh Acheson’s restaurant 5 & 10, there are no managers; every employee takes equal responsibility for customer experience and the restaurant’s success. As the visionary force behind the restaurant, Chef Acheson worked to build a trustworthy team, carefully staffing and training each position to encourage ownership and authenticity. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, Chef Acheson explains his unique approach to management.

  • INSIDE "TOP CHEF"

    Having made his through the ranks in the kitchen, Hugh Acheson moved on to be a fan-favorite contestant and judge on Bravo's "Top Chef." Currently the host of "Top Chef: Battle of Sous Chefs" and Bravo's official Food Blogger, Hugh shares stories from his well-rounded career in the kitchen, his rise to "Top Chef," and the full flavor of his talent and passion.

  • GROWING RESOURCEFUL & HEALTHY CITIZENS

    Hugh Acheson believes in bringing life back to basics. Starting in his own back yard, he's working to revive home economics across the country to help teach today's youth practical skills like how to can and preserve, sew a button, and balance a checkbook. Additionally, Chef Acheson's focus on smart dietary choices that include lots of local fruit and veggies is vital to our future generations. His overall vision aims to instill community development along with skill building to yield healthy, productive members of society. Using his own personal and professional experience, Chef Acheson discusses how small steps will help achieve this big goal and encourage stronger, smarter citizens of the world.

  • KEEPING IT LOCAL: SUSTAINING YOUR COMMUNITY

    Hugh Acheson’s mantra is: local first, sustainable second, organic third. He believes that food is the key to improving one’s community and making it sustainable. Chef Acheson advocates that taking small steps like shopping at your area farmer’s market, frequenting independent restaurants, learning to garden, and meeting the people who grow your food will make the world a better place, one community at a time.

  • THE ART OF SOUTHERN COOKING: BRINGING CULTURE & TRADITIONS TO THE TABLE

    A Canadian transplant living in the South, Hugh Acheson has made a conscious effort to immerse himself in all things Southern. Chef Acheson has learned all about the culture, lifestyle, and traditions behind his favorite recipes and values the time-honored history associated with the South and its cuisine.

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Books
The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits

The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits

A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen

A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Hugh Acheson?

    Booking fees for Hugh Acheson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Hugh Acheson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Hugh Acheson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Hugh Acheson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Hugh Acheson for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Hugh Acheson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Hugh Acheson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Celebrity Chef; Restaurateur; "Top Chef" Judge

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Hugh Acheson Biography

Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Hugh Acheson started cooking at a young age and decided to make it his career after taking a very long time to realize that academics weren’t his thing. 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, and 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 at his namesake restaurant, where he found a love of the simple, pure and disciplined.

Taking these experiences, Acheson developed a style of his own forging together the beauty of the South with the flavors of Europe and opening the critically acclaimed Athens, GA restaurant 5&10 in March of 2000.

In 2007, Acheson opened The National with fellow chef Peter Dale. Adding to his list of dining establishments, Acheson opened Atlanta restaurant Empire State South in the summer of 2010 and coffee shop Spiller Park Coffee in November of 2015.

Hugh Acheson Speaking Topics

  • LIFE LESSONS FROM THE KITCHEN

    At Hugh Acheson’s restaurant 5 & 10, there are no managers; every employee takes equal responsibility for customer experience and the restaurant’s success. As the visionary force behind the restaurant, Chef Acheson worked to build a trustworthy team, carefully staffing and training each position to encourage ownership and authenticity. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, Chef Acheson explains his unique approach to management.

  • INSIDE "TOP CHEF"

    Having made his through the ranks in the kitchen, Hugh Acheson moved on to be a fan-favorite contestant and judge on Bravo's "Top Chef." Currently the host of "Top Chef: Battle of Sous Chefs" and Bravo's official Food Blogger, Hugh shares stories from his well-rounded career in the kitchen, his rise to "Top Chef," and the full flavor of his talent and passion.

  • GROWING RESOURCEFUL & HEALTHY CITIZENS

    Hugh Acheson believes in bringing life back to basics. Starting in his own back yard, he's working to revive home economics across the country to help teach today's youth practical skills like how to can and preserve, sew a button, and balance a checkbook. Additionally, Chef Acheson's focus on smart dietary choices that include lots of local fruit and veggies is vital to our future generations. His overall vision aims to instill community development along with skill building to yield healthy, productive members of society. Using his own personal and professional experience, Chef Acheson discusses how small steps will help achieve this big goal and encourage stronger, smarter citizens of the world.

  • KEEPING IT LOCAL: SUSTAINING YOUR COMMUNITY

    Hugh Acheson’s mantra is: local first, sustainable second, organic third. He believes that food is the key to improving one’s community and making it sustainable. Chef Acheson advocates that taking small steps like shopping at your area farmer’s market, frequenting independent restaurants, learning to garden, and meeting the people who grow your food will make the world a better place, one community at a time.

  • THE ART OF SOUTHERN COOKING: BRINGING CULTURE & TRADITIONS TO THE TABLE

    A Canadian transplant living in the South, Hugh Acheson has made a conscious effort to immerse himself in all things Southern. Chef Acheson has learned all about the culture, lifestyle, and traditions behind his favorite recipes and values the time-honored history associated with the South and its cuisine.

Hugh Acheson Videos

  • Hugh Acheson: Salad demo from "The Broad Fork" | Food at Google ...
  • Hugh Acheson: Cooking from Scratch in a Modern World - YouTube
  • Chef Hugh Acheson on the New Flavors of the South - YouTube

Hugh Acheson Books

FAQs on booking Hugh Acheson

  • How to book Hugh Acheson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Hugh Acheson for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Hugh Acheson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Hugh Acheson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Hugh Acheson?

    Booking fees for Hugh Acheson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Hugh Acheson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Hugh Acheson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Hugh Acheson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Hugh Acheson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Hugh Acheson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Hugh Acheson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Hugh Acheson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as LIFE LESSONS FROM THE KITCHEN, INSIDE "TOP CHEF", GROWING RESOURCEFUL & HEALTHY CITIZENS, KEEPING IT LOCAL: SUSTAINING YOUR COMMUNITY and THE ART OF SOUTHERN COOKING: BRINGING CULTURE & TRADITIONS TO THE TABLE. The estimated speaking fee range to book Hugh Acheson for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Hugh Acheson generally travels from Athens, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Richard Blais, Curtis Stone, Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse and Kevin Gillespie. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Hugh Acheson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Hugh Acheson Speaking Topics

  • LIFE LESSONS FROM THE KITCHEN

    At Hugh Acheson’s restaurant 5 & 10, there are no managers; every employee takes equal responsibility for customer experience and the restaurant’s success. As the visionary force behind the restaurant, Chef Acheson worked to build a trustworthy team, carefully staffing and training each position to encourage ownership and authenticity. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, Chef Acheson explains his unique approach to management.

  • INSIDE "TOP CHEF"

    Having made his through the ranks in the kitchen, Hugh Acheson moved on to be a fan-favorite contestant and judge on Bravo's "Top Chef." Currently the host of "Top Chef: Battle of Sous Chefs" and Bravo's official Food Blogger, Hugh shares stories from his well-rounded career in the kitchen, his rise to "Top Chef," and the full flavor of his talent and passion.

  • GROWING RESOURCEFUL & HEALTHY CITIZENS

    Hugh Acheson believes in bringing life back to basics. Starting in his own back yard, he's working to revive home economics across the country to help teach today's youth practical skills like how to can and preserve, sew a button, and balance a checkbook. Additionally, Chef Acheson's focus on smart dietary choices that include lots of local fruit and veggies is vital to our future generations. His overall vision aims to instill community development along with skill building to yield healthy, productive members of society. Using his own personal and professional experience, Chef Acheson discusses how small steps will help achieve this big goal and encourage stronger, smarter citizens of the world.

  • KEEPING IT LOCAL: SUSTAINING YOUR COMMUNITY

    Hugh Acheson’s mantra is: local first, sustainable second, organic third. He believes that food is the key to improving one’s community and making it sustainable. Chef Acheson advocates that taking small steps like shopping at your area farmer’s market, frequenting independent restaurants, learning to garden, and meeting the people who grow your food will make the world a better place, one community at a time.

  • THE ART OF SOUTHERN COOKING: BRINGING CULTURE & TRADITIONS TO THE TABLE

    A Canadian transplant living in the South, Hugh Acheson has made a conscious effort to immerse himself in all things Southern. Chef Acheson has learned all about the culture, lifestyle, and traditions behind his favorite recipes and values the time-honored history associated with the South and its cuisine.

Hugh Acheson Speaker Videos

  • Hugh Acheson: Salad demo from "The Broad Fork" | Food at Google ...
    Hugh Acheson: Cooking from Scratch in a Modern World - YouTube
  • Chef Hugh Acheson on the New Flavors of the South - YouTube
    [email protected]: Hugh Acheson - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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