Pastry Chef at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails in Atlanta, GA
Megan Brent joined the kitchen team of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails in 2016 to build and expand the pastry program as Executive Pastry Chef. Since joining WOKC, she has been named one of Georgia Grown’s Executive Chefs in 2017, and represented Georgia and White Oak’s pastry program at the James Beard House in June of 2017. She was also featured as one of the 5 Chefs to Watch in Modern Luxury’s The Atlantan Magazine in July. Further, Meg played the starring role in Food & Wine Magazine’s recent video featuring White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails with one of her new takes on Pork Belly.
Meg shows no intention of slowing down now that she is making the move to take over the savory menu at White Oak as Executive Chef. Brent says her move to take on this role was motivated by her desire for growth and leadership. Being a North Georgia native, it gives her a chance to showcase her knowledge of the Appalachian Foothills Cuisine, from where she was raised.
Meg has played a valuable hand in the savory menu development and leading the kitchen team. Building relationships with local farmers and farmers markets has allowed her to have access to the best season l produce, proteins, and even heirloom flours, all of which continue to be a primary focus for her. She has also expanded the pasta and charcuterie program at WOKC. Developing and teaching her kitchen team has been one of her primary areas of focus. Brent will continue to lead the pastry program along with her talented team.
Megan earned a degree in applied sciences in culinary arts and a baking and pastry certification from Gwinnett Technical College. While earning her degree, Meg maintained an externship at Sprig Restaurant & Bar in Decatur, and had a cake baking business. Meg further advanced her pastry knowledge at the Fifth Group Restaurants’ Bold American Events, at Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South, and at the James Beard nominated Todd Richards’ restaurants – The Shed and The Pig & The Pearl. She joined chef Julio Delgado to open JP Atlanta restaurant in the John Portman designed Hotel Indigo.