Celebrated chef Scott Peacock resigns from Watershed

James Beard award-winning chef Scott Peacock of Watershed in Decatur is leaving the restaurant. The news broke Thursday on New York Times food blog "Diner’s Journal ," where food writer Kim Severson, who is a personal friend of Peacock’s, told readers that the celebrated chef will leave to pursue other projects. Peacock was with the restaurant for 11 years; during his tenure he helped elevate the restaurant’s relaxed, regional Southern cuisine to a level that gained national notoriety and spawned a resurgence of the cuisine across the country.

Reached in Atlanta, Peacock said that he is excited, but a little sad, too.  “I can’t wait to see what the restaurant will become, though I know there are no plans for major changes.” The Alabama native is currently working on an unnamed project that chronicles the food memories and oral histories of Alabamans. He is also working on cookbooks and projects that include his memories with famed Southern chef Edna Lewis, who Peacock cared for until her death in 2006.

“I have no plans to leave Atlanta,” said Peacock, who has no news of who will replace him at Watershed. “I love it here.”