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John Fleer

Chef / Asheville, NC
John Fleer
Photo by Matt Rose

James Beard Award nominee
Title: Chef
Location: Asheville, NC
Establishment: Rhubarb (Asheville), Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley (Cashiers)

Why he's a big deal: Nominated for "Best Chef: Southeast" by the James Beard Foundation, he put Blackberry Farm on the map. Hugh Acheson calls him the "Jedi Master."