Duane Nutter

Mobile, AL
Southern National
Duane Nutter

Nutter began his culinary career in 1994, studying under well-respected Chef Daryl Evans at The Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. Nutter went on to work at The Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida before making his next big move in 2004 to Louisville, Kentucky’s Seelbach Hilton’s Oakroom, one of only 48 AAA Five-Diamond restaurants in the world. In 2006, Nutter was invited to compete on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and he cooked at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City the following year.

In 2008, with a new vision and challenge in mind, Nutter accepted the position as One Flew South’s executive chef and used his imaginative execution to blend southern ingredients with world travel influences into the dishes for the first upscale travel-dining restaurant in the world’s busiest airport.

In 2016, Nutter relocated to Mobile, Alabama to open Southern National with restaurateur and friend, Reggie Washington, and beverage director Tiffanie Barriere. Slated to open Spring 2017, Nutter looks forward to offering Mobile a taste of his award-winning ‘Southern National’ cuisine.

In addition to his innovative culinary talent, Nutter has a knack for his hobby as a standup comedian. He was a semi-finalist in Comedy Central’s “Laugh Riots” and was known around Atlanta as the hilarious “Mad Chef.” These days, Nutter will occasionally perform in a comedy club, but spends most of his time mastering his ability in the kitchen.

Accolades & Publications

  • James Beard Foundation — Outstanding Service semi-finalist (One Flew South, 2014, 2015)


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