Chef Mashama Bailey – James Beard Award Finalist

Chef Mashama Bailey

If you’ve never heard of Mashama Bailey, it’s time. She’s one of America’s top chefs and finalist for the 2018 James Beard Award as one of this country’s food icons. Bailey is the first African-American woman to be nominated for the best chef award — in any region — in the history of the event, which has been running for 27 years, according to

In fact, Mic reports, “2018 was the most inclusive year in the history of the awards program.” Only five African-Americans have ever been nominated for this prestigious award.

Bailey, a New York native, moved to Savannah, GA in 2014 and opened The Grey with partner John O. Morisano. To say its been a rousing success would be an understatement.

The restaurant, located in a former segregated Greyhound bus station in Historic Downtown Savannah, features Bailey’s take on foods traditionally associated with the region such as, Chicken Country Captain—a local Savannah curry stew. The menu is a cross section of Southern cuisine from shrimp hush puppies to black-eyed pea hummus and foie and grits.

The Grey offers a food, wine and service experience that is simultaneously familiar and elevated. The Grey has a focus on European wines, Atlantic Trade liquors, and warm, old-world hospitality.

The Grey is located at 109 Martin Luther King Blvd, in Savannah. CLICK HERE to visit The Grey website.

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