Andrew Kyle Saucier 2017-01-08 04:08:27
CHEF CHAD COMBS never wanted to be on television or win national awards. As executive chef at Cookeville’s Seven Senses Food & Cheer and owner-operator of the Blue Rooster Canteen, he admits, “I just loved to see people’s faces when they tasted my food.” Yet fame came knocking in 2015 when he won the World Chef Challenge. After stints cooking in Nashville and Jacksonville, Florida, where he honed his talents against the palates of the big-city diners, he returned home to Cookeville to stay. “I grew up in Cookeville and it has been and will always be home to me. Seven Senses owner Jay Albrecht and I have partnered to build a larger collective culinary footprint in the Upper Cumberland.” “‘Country food’ or ‘comfort food,’ as we like to call it, has its place in the global community is largely becoming trendy in its own right,” says Combs. “I’m fortunate that I can make a living doing what I love, and the fact that I did win the 2015 World Chef Challenge championship gives me the opportunity to feed more people and see new expressions on even more new faces.”
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