Chef Deb Paquette is the executive chef of Etch Restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, where she’s lived and worked for the past thirty years. Graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, she became the first woman in Tennessee to qualify as a certified executive chef. She’s been a trailblazer for chefs in the area, a mentor, and consultant to some of Nashville’s best talent. She’s won countless awards and accolades and was the chef/owner of Zola – named in Gourmet Magazine as one of the Top Sixty Restaurants in the United States – where diners flocked to her big, bold flavors for thirteen years. Designed to be everything Deb has ever wanted in a restaurant, Etch allows her to be at her creative best. She says that being just a little bit older and wiser gives her the advantage of perspective, and having the equipment she’s always wanted gives her the opportunity to explore all the changes going on in the food industry. On the show today, Deb talks about her amazing menu at Etch, the growth of the food industry, the developing community of Nashville, and how she continues to experiment with food on a regular basis. Tune-in to this week’s episode of HRN Community Sessions to learn more about Chef Deb Paquette, her inspiration behind food, and her restaurant Etch, today. This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods Market.
“My goal is to cook food that people can’t make in their homes so when people eat it, they do the “happy dance.”” [13:05]
“Dining is a sensory perception, it’s the best industry to be in.” [16:03]
— Chef Deb Paquette on HRN Community Sessions