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Robert St. John

Robert St. John has spent more than three decades in the restaurant business. Twenty-eight of those years have been as the owner, CEO and Executive Chef of the Purple Parrot Café, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, and Ed’s Burger Joint in Hattiesburg, MS. St. John is a restaurateur, chef, columnist, and author. For 15 years he has written a weekly syndicated food column for newspapers. St. John has been named the state’s top chef three consecutive years and was honored as Mississippi Restaurateur of the Year. He has served on the board of directors of several agencies, organizations and charities. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.
St. John is the author of nine books, including three collaborations with renowned watercolorist Wyatt Waters. One of his newest books, An Italian Palate, released in the fall of 2013, was written in Europe while he, his wife, and his two children traveled through 17 countries on two continents for six months. St. John also released a children’s book in 2014 with collaboration with his mother, artist Dinny St. John. St. John has been featured in USA TODAY and appeared on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, National Public Radio, Martha Stewart Living, and the Turner South network. In 2009, St. John founded Extra Table, a non-profit organization that purchases healthy foods and ships them to soup kitchens and mission pantries.

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To say Robert St. John is modest about what led to his success is to put it lightly. The Hattiesburg, Miss., native insists he "sort of fell backward" into the overwhelming success he's enjoyed as a chef, restaurateur, author, businessman and philanthropist...

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New South Restaurant Group’s Mahogany Bar has long been recognized as a neighborhood favorite, and is no stranger to national accolades. The two-time winner of Draft Magazine’s Top 100 Beer Bars in America has just been chosen as the MS representative on Thrillist’s recently published and highly regarded BEST BEER BAR IN EVERY STATE list. Mahogany Bar is also currently ranked #1 in the area in the nightlife/bar category on Trip Advisor...

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Credit to: Nan Kelley

Robert is a leader and well-known and loved chef, author, and restaurant owner who is instrumental in promoting economic growth and the arts across the state of Mississippi. His non-profit, Extra Table, provides thousands of meals for those in need.

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