Chattanooga native Daniel Lindley discovered his passion for cooking as a teenager. After working in local Chattanooga restaurants, Daniel cooked aboard a hospital ship in Europe and West Africa. When Daniel returned from overseas, he moved to Westchester County, NY and worked for Chef Terry Harwood at Harvest on Hudson, and then Gramercy Tavern under Tom Colicchio before returning home for the opening of St. John's Restaurant in 2000. Lindley's unwavering commitment to the bounty and heritage of the Southeast has made St. John's Restaurant one of the top dining destinations in the region. In addition to St. John's Restaurant, Lindley is chef and owner of St. John's Meeting Place and Alleia Restaurant. He has received four nominations for Best Chef Southeast by the James Beard Foundation in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.