As Executive Chef of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails in downtown Atlanta, Richards’ classical approach to food can be found in the restaurant’s seasonally focused menu. Coming from The Ritz-Carlton Hotels and The Oakroom in The Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Ky., the foundation of Richards’ career is in fine dining. Understanding the methods and techniques behind gastronomy, Richards translated those skills into a Southern vernacular as corporate chef role at One Flew South, as well as Chef owner of The Shed at Glenwood, and the Pig & The Pearl in Atlantic Station. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and was named one of the “Four New Chefs to Watch” by Esquire Magazine in 2012. Richards is a James Beard Award Best Chef Semifinalist and serves on the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival’s Founder’s Council.