Rising Star Chef Dave Larkworthy - Biography

November 2011

2007 Atlanta Rising Star Chef David Larkworthy has changed the way Atlanta thinks about local, seasonal, sustainable food. At 5 Seasons, his casual Roswell brewery, Larkworthy is serving playful dishes, sourcing meat, fish, vegetables and shellfish from a few-hundred-mile radius, working with 12 local Georgia, Carolina and Florida growers at any given time. Dishes are paired with a list of in-house beers, made with brewer Crawford Moran; the leftover malt from the brewing process (nearly 6 tons per week) is delivered to local farms twice a week, where it’s used as fertilizer.

Larkworthy grew up in culinary- and locally-minded family (“bonding” meant going to the farmers market, and his first word was “apple”). He opened his first restaurant at age 23 – the 40-or-so seat Gourmet Grill in Buckhead, Atlanta. He sold his part of the business 2 years later and began working around the city, spending 6 years with the Buckhead Life Group, working with Chef Paul Albrecht of Pano and Paul’s and studying pastry with Francois Collet.

Larkworthy started 5 Seasons Brewing Company in Roswell, GA (a suburb of Atlanta) in 2001 with the goal of providing consistently local and seasonal food and drink at sustainable prices. In January of 2007 the second 5 Seasons opened in Alpharetta, and a third location on the Westside of Atlanta opened in 2009.