Tom Ramsey

La Finestra, Jackson, MS

Tom is a chef, sommelier and food writer living in Jackson, Mississippi. His restaurants, Underground 119 and Roux, are located in the Downtown area and serve modern Southern cuisine.

Who was your most influential mentor?
Dan Blumenthal, Chef of Bravo! in Jackson, MS

What is your earliest food memory?
Making cinnamon rolls from the "Better Homes and Garden's Children's Cookbook" and going "off recipe" by shaping them into hearts.

What was your first job in the culinary world?
A cook at a hunting lodge.

If you could cook James Beard one dish, what would it be?
Fried Chicken Skins

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