Culinary Director / Executive Chef
Cobb Galleria Centre & Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre host nearly 800 events a year, and for Nicholas Walker, Culinary Director/Executive Chef, the kitchen is his home away from home.

Chef Walker is with family when he’s surrounded by his team preparing a meal for 25 to 4,000 guests. Chef Walker is a native of Macon, and his communal “Southern Roots” influence the food he creates.

“People who travel from different states want the type of food that they might not get in another convention center or part of the country,” says Walker, who fuses those flavors with his classical French training.

“We play with global flavors in southern cuisine,” he says. “Our kitchens have diversity, people from Ghana, Latin America and Texas. Everybody brings their own little piece to it. It makes it fun and innovative for our guests.”

Chef Walker lives the farm-to-table philosophy every day. Eighty percent of the vegetables and grains served are from farms within Georgia or the southeast, with some even coming from the Galleria’s on-premise garden.

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