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Meet the renowned Chefs behind four of Alpharetta’s top restaurants

May 17, 2017

Executive Chef Jason Stern, Colletta Italian Food & Wine

As newly named executive chef of Colletta, Stern offers a wealth of knowledge and a traditional, fresh approach to the kitchen. Originally from New York City, Stern relocated to Georgia in 1993 to begin his culinary career and later joined the Colletta team in February 2016, where he trained with executive chef Michael Perez. With his appointment, Stern leads his team with a strong, traditional culinary vision and unique perspective bringing a new level of dining experience to each guest.

While staying true to the restaurant’s roots, Stern has already begun to refresh the menu with a mix of “old world” and “new world” dishes including classic options such as the chicken parmesan and lasagna, alongside dishes like the brussels sprouts salad and sunflower pesto pizza.

Colletta’s at Avalon
900 3rd St, Alpharetta, GA 30009

 

Owner and Executive Chef Leif Johnson, Bite Bistro & Bar

As a self-proclaimed, “self-taught” chef, Leif truly learned to cook from his grandmother crediting her with cultivating his passion for cooking. In 2007, Leif launched Bite Catering in Atlanta, GA. spending three years growing the catering company until opening the original Bite Creative Cuisine & Catering restaurant in 2011. Due to popularity after just a year and a half in business, Leif expanded and doubled the restaurant space and reopened as Bite Bistro & Bar in 2013. Bite offers an eclectic menu that Leif calls “New American” that gives him the liberty to pull flavors from different profiles including Asian, Latin and East coast dishes that he is able to weave together to come up with unique yet familiar cuisine.

Don’t miss the lobster roll named one of the best in Atlanta by AJC.com., tacos from the southwest or shrimp and grits from the Deep South at this casual yet chick restaurant.

Bite Bistro and Bar
11500 Webb Bridge Way, Alpharetta, GA 30005

 

Executive Chef Mike Fuller, Ray’s at Killer Creek

Chef Fuller’s love for food developed at an early age growing up in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he apprenticed with a classically trained and lively chef through high school. After graduation, he moved to Charleston, SC to study culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University where he developed an appreciation for sourcing local and seasonal ingredients and has carried this farm-to-table influence throughout his career.

At Ray’s, seafood lovers don’t have to wait for a beach trip to tempt taste buds with fine fish. Satisfy your coastal craving by chowing down on specialties like horseradish encrusted grouper, shrimp and grits, and jumbo lump crab cakes. For the landlubbers out there, try the brisket burger which was recently featured on “Burgers with Buck,” on Fox 5 Atlanta.

Ray’s at Killer Creek
1700 Mansell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009

 

Executive Chef Christy Stone, South Main Kitchen

Chef Christy Stone began her culinary career as a baker in Sandy Springs, GA. Her fascination in showcasing her artistic and cooking abilities propelled her to further pursue a career in the food and beverage industry, leading to her career as a chef in the restaurant business. Having a love for health and fitness, Stone enjoys preparing healthy foods without skimping on flavor. She uses her creativity and skills in the kitchen to invent various entrées that she calls a healthy take on modern American comfort food.

South Main Kitchen is known for its delectable farm-to-table fare and kitchen-inspired dining experience. Patrons will relish dishes from the ever-changing American-inspired menu. Be sure to try the sea scallops, topped with a persimmon glaze over a sweet potato puree, alongside Brussel sprouts and pork belly garnished with a hot pepper sauce and bacon powder.

South Main Kitchen
9 S Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30009

 

Alpharetta has become a true culinary destination with over 200 dining options to please every foodie’s palette. Check out these and other chef-driven restaurants that you’ll Only Find in Alpharetta and start planning your Alpharetta bucket list!