John Stephenson Nashville chef restaurateur


John Stephenson started his Nashville restaurant career in 1991, when he worked at Nashville mainstay, Amerigo. His culinary viewpoint was honed when he worked at Corner Market for many years. As early adopters of using local produce & products, he was inspired. Today, you’ll find his love for vegetables and seasonal products puts them in starring roles on the plate.

Stephenson is best known for his time at Fido, where he ran the kitchen 12 years and built the popular coffee shop into a full restaurant with much desirable menu offerings & specials. Most recently, he was called to develop the menu at The Family Wash before leaving to concentrate on Hathorne.

Hathorne, Stephenson’s first restaurant, provides the setting that matches the food he’s always cooked. He cooks with ingredients he loves, and lets his travels and experience dictate the dish.