MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee chef has been given an elite award in the culinary world.
Executive Chef Joseph Lenn of Blackberry Farm in Blount County east of Maryville was named James Beard Best Chef Southeast on Monday in New York.
Lenn, who is a Knoxville native, was a semifinalist for the award in 2012.
Lenn says he’s “humbled and honored” to receive the award and wouldn’t have been the same chef without his team at Blackberry Farm, which is located in Walland.
Several other Tennessee chefs were semifinalists in the competition, including Nashville chef Tandy Wilson of City House who was a finalist.