Chef, menu changes made at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

Chef Deborah VanTrece
Chef Deborah VanTrece

Popular West Midtown restaurant Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours has undergone some major changes.

Founding chef and owner Deborah Van Trece, who opened Twisted Soul six years ago in Decatur and relocated the restaurant to its current location in 2016, will take on a new role as creative director.

Chef Robert Butts, who recently rejoined Twisted Soul as chef de cuisine, will serve as the restaurant’s executive chef. Previously, Butts was junior sous chef and line cook.

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A new menu, developed by Butts with input from VanTrece, will debut this week and will feature several dishes incorporating wine and spirits including mole sous vide short rib with smashed heirloom fingerling potatoes, roasted vegetables and Rye whiskey demi-glace.

Chef Robert Butts / Courtesy of Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours
Chef Robert Butts / Courtesy of Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours

Other menu items include starters such as cornmeal-crusted catfish goujonnettes with pickled escovitch slaw; salads including kale and johnny cake panzanella salad with red onions, cracked black pepper, chives and cherry tomatoes tossed with a garlic champagne dijon vinaigrette; and entrees like smoked frenched pork chop with hash potato gems, sautéed greens and white Alabama BBQ sauce.

Some Twisted Soul favorites, including the fried chicken omelette, will remain on the menu.

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“I am so excited to take the helm of what I feel is one of Atlanta’s best restaurants,” said Butts in a prepared statement. “Years from now, I plan on paying it forward by mentoring the next generation of young chefs just as Chef VanTrece has done for me.”

As creative director, VanTrece will focus on Twisted Soul and the Catering Company by VanTrece. She will also publish her first cookbook, “The Twisted Soul Cookbook: Modern Soul Food with Global Flavors,” in March.

“I take my responsibility as a mentor to younger chefs very seriously,” VanTrece said in a prepared statement. “I have always respected and admired Chef Robert’s passion and dedication to his craft. I will be here to collaborate and act as a sounding board for him as we release a brand new menu at Twisted Soul.”

The new menu will be offered via takeout and delivery, as well as for dine-in service at the restaurant.

1133 Huff Road NW, Atlanta. 404-350-5500, twistedsoulcookhouseandpours.com/

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