Rebecca Barron Named Executive Chef, Kenny Burnap Sous-Chef At St. John's Restaurant And Meeting Place

Friday, April 11, 2014
St John's Restaurant and Meeting Place announced today the appointment of Rebecca Barron as Executive Chef and Kenny Burnap as Sous-Chef.

"Rebecca and Kenny have a combined 10 years experience in our kitchens, working as an integral part of the creative process at both St. John's and the Meeting Place," said St. John's owner Josh Carter. "As Chef Lindley gave up day to day operations several years ago, he relied more and more on the hard work, professionalism, and creativity of this dynamic duo.
We are excited that they will get the recognition they deserve."

Mr. Carter said, "Rebecca Barron has been directing the restaurant kitchens as Chef de Cuisine for three years, developing close relationships with customers and coming to understand what they seek from the St John's dining experience. Her creativity combines the freshest local ingredients with innovative cooking techniques, delivering an experience that delights all of the senses.

"Kenny Burnap has served as the backbone of the kitchens for seven years, delivering the nuanced flavors that the public has come to expect from St. John's. He has created and maintained the restaurant's relationships with local farmers and other specialty purveyors, as well as specializing in creating the charcuterie served in the restaurants."

Since becoming an owner in 2005, Josh Carter "has helped shape the team of chefs, servers, and staff that have propelled St. John's reputation as a leading restaurant in Chattanooga and the Southeast. Earlier this week, he acquired Lindley's interest in the restaurants, with the intent of developing the menu-driven dining experience that features top quality ingredients and attention to comfort, detail, and food preparation," it was stated.


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