Chef Terry Koval

Chef Terry Koval, Andrew Thomas Lee

Chef Koval moved from South Carolina to Atlanta in 2000 and worked at the famed Buckhead Diner before moving to work under Chef Gary Mennie at the nationally acclaimed Canoe. There he rose to the position of Executive Sous Chef and cultivated long lasting relationships within the farming community. Later he joined Concentrics Restaurants as the Executive Sous Chef of Lobby at TWELVE under Chef Nick Oltarsh, and was promoted to Executive Chef at sister restaurant Room at TWELVE which was awarded 3 stars by The Atlanta Journal Constitution. 


After years of proving himself as a creative force in the kitchen, in 2010 Terry was offered the opportunity to conceptualize unique and seasonal grass-fed burgers at Farm Burger; awarding them one of the top ten best burgers in the country by Food and Wine Magazine as well as earning 3 stars by The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Koval was awarded the prestigious recognition as the 2012 Atlanta Rising Star Sustainable Chef from

Moving forward, in late 2013 Koval took the reins at Wrecking Bar Brewpub as Executive Chef. There he was able to embrace local, seasonal ingredients and showcase their flavors. After he took over the menu, the Wrecking Bar was awarded 3 out of 4 stars by The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Chef Koval was awarded the Snail of Approval award for community service by Slow Food Atlanta in 2014, and nominated by Best Chefs America 2015. Chef Koval has also been featured on the Food Network’s top-rated show “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives,” as well as being a “Chopped” contestant in 2013. 


Chef Koval is an active member and supporter of Georgia Organics, Wholesome Wave Georgia and Slow Food Atlanta and Giving Kitchen. Chef Koval and wife Jenn Koval opened two of their own  dream restaurants in June of 2019, The Deer and The Dove and B-SIDE. Named one of the most anticipated restaurant openings by Food and Wine magazine and Eater Atlanta. Chef Koval has been awarded by Georgia Organics Farmer Champion gold 2021-present,  Slow Food Snail of Approval award and most recently was recognized as a James Beard finalist for Best Chef Southeast. 

Chef Koval resides with his wife Jenn and 10 year old son, Jackson, in Decatur Ga. Their 19 year old daughter is studying food science in college and studying food culture abroad in Italy.

Meet Chef Koval at these Harvest Wine & Food Festival events:

Harvest After Dark - 10.20.23