press press


"In the cover story of this week's Parade magazine...chef John Currence, the owner of five restaurants, shares tailgate-friendly recipes from his new cookbook."
See a Preview Here (August 23, 2013)


Press Coverage of Chef John Currence at Music City Eats in Nashville

The Tennessean (July 22, 2013)

The Daily Meal (July 22, 2013)

Eater, Nashville (July 22, 2013)

Nashville Scene (July 22, 2013)


Best Breakfasts Around The World
- (April Food Issue 2013)
Big Bad Breakfast makes the cut!
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Big Bad Breakfast as one of the best, most “decadent ways to start the day”
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Big Bad Breakfast is one of America's Best Places to Eat Like a Local
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Sandwich of the Week: Big Bad Breakfast's Southern Belly Sandwich - (March 8, 2013)
When it comes to dining in Oxford, Mississippi, John Currence knows what’s best.
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Best Breakfasts Around the World - (March 8, 2013)
Check out Big Bad Breakfast at #5!
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The Lingering Relevance of Tobasco - (March 7, 2013)
John Currence looks back at the sauce that got America sweating--Tabasco--and the powerful personality who championed it
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South's Best Bars - (February 2013)
City Grocery #1 for Restaurant Bars - Go for the food, stick around for the drinks
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101 Best Restaurants in America for 2013 - (February 20, 2013)
City Grocery #79 on this list with so many amazing restaurants
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John Currence's First Cookbook, 'Pickles, Pigs, and Whiskey,' Coming This Fall  (February 19, 2013)
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Eater's Fall 2013 Cookbook and Food Book Preview (August 22, 2013)
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Heaven is a Buffet: Pure Gravy - (February 13, 2013)
John talks tomatoes & gravy
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The Pressure Cooker Is On - (January 18, 2013)
Chef John Currence on his love of the pressure cooker. 
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Sacred Fare 
- (December 2012)
Chef John Currence on tailgating, including several recipes!
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Great Biscuit Breakfasts Across America Worth An Escape
 - (September 4, 2012)
The Cathead at Big Bad Breakfast Featured.
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Travel Channel: Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
 - (August 20, 2012)
John Currence and Andrew Zimmern visit Winchester Market in Memphis before preparing several unique dishes together in City Grocery's kitchen. 
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Newsweek: The Daily Beast
 - (August 6, 2012)
Top Chefs Choose 101 Best Places to Eat Around the World
John Currence selects Chez Georges in Paris and Taco Trucks in San Felipe, Mexico
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 - (June 20, 2012)
Chefs With Issues: Immigrants in the Kitchen
John Currence on the importance of immigrants in his kitchen and our society. 
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The Birmingham News - (May 29, 2012)
James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence plans to open restaurant in Birmingham
Second Big Bad Breakfast to open late 2012/early 2013
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Men's Journal - (May 2012)
Deep Fried Heaven
John Currence's Fried Chicken Recipe
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Food & Wine - (June 2012)
Fire and Ice: Savory and Skoky Cocktails
Snackbar's Antiqua drink uses agave syrup infused with chipotles
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Opinionated About Dining - (April 2012)
Top 25 American Regional Dining
City Grocery #23
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Food Network Magazine
- (May 2012)
50 Secret Ingredients: Great Chefs Tell Us What Makes Their Dishes Pop
John Currence shines a spotlight on French's Yellow Mustard
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Country Living. - (March 2012)
The Casserole Makes A Comeback
John Currence's Recipe for Steak Grillades and Cheese Grits
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Field & Stream
- (January 2012)
Grab a Plate: Wild Chef Special
John Currence on hunting camps and his recipe for Dove Potpie
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The Wall Street Journal. - (November 2011)
No Need To Gripe About Tripe
John Currence on Chitterlings
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Bon Appetit – (November 2011)
Friends, Family & Tradition Way Down South
John Currence on Fashion Designer Billy Reid and Holiday Recipes
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The New York Times - (October 14, 2011)
Of Parties, Prose and Football
The Emergence of Oxford as a mecca for southern eats, with all four City Grocery restaurants profiled.
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Bon Appetit – (September 2011)
The Champions of Breakfast
Chef John Currence's Chicken Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Recipes
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Top Chef Masters 3 (April 2011)

Chef John's Bio

Video: Chef John talks about his experience
Video: Back to the Grind
Video: Chef John's Exit Interview

The Wall Street Journal
- (October 2010)
The Bacon Backlash
Chefs on the forefront experimenting with a new wave of flavor boosters
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Food & Wine- (September 2010)
An Indulgent Chef's Healthy Makeover
Low-Fat versions of Southern Dishes from Chef John Currence
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Bon Appetit
– (January 2010)
Best of the Year
Dear BA Foodist, What was the best budget restaurant dish you ate in 2009?
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Food & Wine: F&W Blog- Mouthing Off
(December 2009)
New Orleans Food and Football Weekend
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Field & Stream
– (December 2009)
Venison: America’s Meat
Before there was an America, there was America’s meat.
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– (November 2009)
Kitchenwise- Where the Hearth Is
A renovation prompts a seasoned chef to rethink what a kitchen is for.
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– (November 2009)
The Spontaneous Fall Weekend – Oxford, Mississippi
There are two kinds of weekends in Oxford, Mississippi: normal weekends and football weekends…
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CBS News Online
– (November 2009)
Award-Worthy Southern Cuisine, on a Budget
Star Chef and ’09 James Beard Award-Winner John Currence Preps Pork Pot Roast, Chocolate Espresso Cake, More
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Fitness Online
– (November 2009)
Recipe Center
Lime Honey Drop Cookies, Ginger Pine Nut Shortbread, Low-Fat Maple Marshmallow Granola Bars, Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Black Mission Figs
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Bon Appetit
– (October 2009)
Starters>Travel>Navigator- Oxford, Mississippi
For Lovers of the spirit and deliciousness that are intrinsic to the American South…
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– (September 2009)
Coca-Cola-Brined Fried Chicken
After Katrina, I helped rebuild the fifty-year-old Willie Mae’s Scotch House, one of the city’s culinary landmarks.
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