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Johnathon Barrett

A native of Perry, Georgia, JOHNATHON BARRETT’s Georgia roots date back to the late 1700s. For seven generations, fresh, farm-to-table food played a unifying role in his family, and as child he was introduced, first-hand, to the ingredients, practices, and nuances of Southern fare. This rich heritage of place continues to play center stage in Johnathon’s life, particularly in regards to food and dining. Successfully melding the classic menus of his birthplace with an expanded appreciation of other cuisines, the author, now a renowned host and cook, has called culinary-rich Savannah, Georgia his home for the last thirty years.

He is the editor of COOK AND TELL: RECIPES AND STORIES FROM SOUTHERN KITCHENS and the author of RISE AND SHINE!: A SOUTHERN SON’S TREASURY OF FOOD, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS.

Professionally, Johnathon, a Certified Public Accountant, began his career in the area of business, and moved into the arena of nonprofit management in the late 1990s. He currently serves as the executive director of the Georgia 4-H Foundation, based in Athens, Georgia. Prior to this position he was vice-president of statewide operations for Junior Achievement of Georgia for fourteen years and was based in Savannah, Georgia. Through his adult life, Johnathon has also lent his time and talents to a number of worthwhile projects, and has served on the boards of numerous organizations, such as The Georgia Historical Society, the Savannah Book Festival, Live Oak Regional Public Libraries, and The Rotary Club of Savannah.

Aside from work and his time spent in the kitchen, Johnathon enjoys fishing – he says he feels as if he were born with a rod and reel in his hand – as well as travel, gardening, and genealogy. He also enjoys collecting Southern art and paintings.

To learn more about him at http://www.johnathonscottbarrett.com