Top Chef: Joshua Cathey

What’s one ingredient that you can't live without? Butter


What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking? Jazz


If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My Grandmother, Mama Georgia


Who is/was your food mentor?

Grant and Carmen Ford, my first chefs


What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine? Italian


What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had from a diner? Gluten-free fruit


What’s the best part about being a chef? Being able to be creative


What’s the most challenging part of being a chef? Timing


If not a chef in the Pine Belt, what city would you like to work in? New Orleans


What’s your favorite “guilty pleasure” food? Anything with peanut butter and chocolate


What’s your favorite food to cook?

Smoked lemon pepper wings


Sweet or savory?



Mild or spicy?



Wine or beer?



Salt or pepper?



Red beans or gumbo?




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