John Currence

Oxford, MS City Grocery Restaurant Group

John Currence is chef/owner of City Grocery Restaurant Group, including City Grocery, Bouré, Big Bad Breakfast (Oxford and Birmingham, AL), Snackbar, Lamar Lounge and Main Event Catering. Born and raised in New Orleans, John’s career in food has covered half the globe, but is tightly focused on his roots in the Deep South and Louisiana. John was the James Beard Foundation Best Chef: South award winner in 2009 and a participant on season 3 of Top Chef Masters. He is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun magazine, and author of Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes From My Three Favorite Food Groups and The Some, nominated for James Beard Foundation Cookbook of the Year Award, and Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book Of The Day. John is the founder of Move On Up Mississippi a non-profit foundation focusing on celebrating individuals that are doing significant work to help address the issue of childhood obesity. He lives in Oxford with his wife, Bess and insanely bossy daughter, Mamie.


Accolades & Publications

  • James Beard Foundation – Best Chef: South (2009), nominee (2006-2008)
  • Esquire – Top 10 Best Bars in America (2000)
  • Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book Of The Day (Ten Speed Press 2016)
    • James Beard Foundation – Best Book – Single Subject nominee (2017)
  • Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some (Andrews McMeel, 2013)
    • James Beard Foundation – Best Cookbook – American Cooking nominee (2014)

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