Nathalie Dupree • • •
Celebrity chef and author
Nathalie Dupree started the “New Southern Cooking” movement, a blend of regional ingredients with French and Southern cooking techniques found in many restaurants throughout the United States. According to Dupree, “Southern cooking is the Mother Cuisine of America.”
She has sold more than half a million copies of her 13 hardback and two softback cookbooks focusing on the American South, entertaining and basic cooking. She has received three James Beard Awards, known as the “Oscars” of the food world, most recently in 2013 for “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking,” which she co-authored with Cynthia Graubart. Her previous books have been nominated five times and she has won twice, for “Southern Memories” (1994) and “Comfortable Entertaining” (1999).
Dupree has hosted more than 300 national and international cooking shows, which have aired since 1986 on PBS, the Food Network and the Learning Channel, and she has appeared many times on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Morning Show, and CNN Good Morning, among others. She has been featured in the New York Times, Washington post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune as well as Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Better Homes and Garden, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping.
Dupree holds an advanced certificate from Le Cordon Bleu London cooking school and has been chef of three restaurants located in Majorca, Spain, Georgia and Virginia.
In the early 1970s she opened her first restaurant – Nathalie’s – in Social Circle, Georgia. In 1975, she founded a cooking school at Rich’s Department Store in Atlanta, and became its director and gourmet chef in-residence. In nearly 10 years of operation, the school attracted more than 10,000 students in classes and apprenticeship programs.
In 2011, she was awarded the prestigious Grande Dame of Les Dames d’ Escoffier International, which she considers her highest honor as it is from women who have excelled internationally in the culinary field. She was named the 2013 Woman of the Year from the French Master Chefs of America, and received the Jack Daniel's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Foodways Alliance in 2004.
She is the founding chairman of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival.
Born in New Jersey, where her father, a career officer in the U.S. Army, was stationed, Dupree spent her childhood in Virginia, Texas, among other places throughout the South with her mother and two siblings.
She maintains homes in Charleston and Atlanta with her husband, Jack Bass, who is the author of nine books on the American South.
Dupree was a speaker during the 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference and honored at the Celebration of Inspiring Women.