Whitney Otawka

While taking French classes at the University of California-Berkeley, Whitney Otawka was hired as one member of a two-person kitchen. The owner filled the menu with his mothers Brittany-based recipes, and spent evenings introducing Whitney to a world of gastronomy and fine wine. She continued her culinary learning in restaurants in California until she moved to Athens in 2005, where she worked her way up to Sous Chef of 5&10 under Chef Hugh Acheson. During her years at 5&10, she took time out to hold numerous stages in New York's finest restaurants such as Per Se and Le Bernardin, and work with chefs and winemakers across Europe. In 2010, Whitney became Executive Chef at the prestigious Greyfield Inn of Cumberland Island, until recently leaving to join the kitchen as Executive Chef of Farm 255 in Athens, Georgia. [+]