How a Beard Award Winner Is Heating Up Knoxville’s Dining Scene

September 29, 2016

Inside J.C. Holdway, Joseph Lenn’s eagerly-awaited new restaurant

Chef Joseph Lenn is back in the kitchen. Lenn made a name for himself as the chef of Tennessee’s fine-dining destination Blackberry Farm, where he spent 10 years — five as executive chef — and where he became the first person in Tennessee to win the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast. Lenn left Blackberry Farm last year to open his own place in nearby Knoxville, and earlier this month, J.C. Holdway let in its first eager customers.

“Simple stuff cooked well is really what got me into cooking.”

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