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October 18, 2022

Photos from our Meet the Chef dinner at Fin & Fino

Chef Jonny Cox’s seafood-heavy menu delighted diners

By UP Staff

On Monday Oct. 17, our Meet the Chef dinner series made its return with a coursed meal at Uptown restaurant Fin & Fino. Chef Jonny Cox led diners on a journey through his life through the courses, including grits inspired by his dad’s cooking and a dish he believes exemplifies his future as executive chef at Chapter 6, the next restaurant coming from Rare Roots Hospitality.

Our next Meet the Chef dinner will feature Alyssa Wilen of Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen on Nov. 7, 2022. See the menu and purchase tickets for that event here.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and to our presenting partner, Got to be NC!

Each course at our Meet the Chef dinners takes inspiration from a specific point of the featured chef’s life. Tom Petaccia/UP

Guests were welcomed with expertly cut tuna crudo, which chef Cox says exemplifies his simple style of cooking centered on high-quality ingredients. Tom Petaccia/UP

A crowd favorite was the fried oysters over Anson Mills grits, inspired by the food Cox enjoyed as a kid growing up in the Charlotte area. Tom Petaccia/UP

The exclusive dinner took place in Fin & Fino’s private dining room. Tom Petaccia/UP

According to his answer following a diner question in our Q&A, chef Jonny Cox enjoys making pasta both at home and in his restaurant. His inspiration for this gnocchi and lamb course was from chefs he’s learned from over the years. Tom Petaccia/UP

Between each course, UP editor Kristen Wile hosted a live interview with chef. Tom Petaccia/UP

This mushroom toast, sourced using local mushrooms, is what Cox believes summarizes his present: classic flavors made even better by use of great ingredients. Tom Petaccia/UP

UP Members received early access (and a lower ticket price) for our Meet the Chef series. Tom Petaccia/UP

The final course, seafood salad featuring butter poached lobster, shrimp, and brined octopus was a preview of what diners can expect at Chapter 6, where Cox will be leading the kitchen. Attendees got to learn first hand what to expect from the restaurant’s menu. Tom Petaccia/UP

Guests were all smiles at the end of our Meet the Chef dinner. Don’t miss out; join us at the next one! Tom Petaccia/UP

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