Annie Pettry

Decca | Louisville, KY

As chef and owner of Decca in Louisville, Ky., Annie Pettry brings to the table a passionate and uncompromising commitment to quality, a respect for technique, and an artistic sensibility that result in a balanced yet exhilarating eating experience. With a nuanced palate and an ingredient-driven mindset, she creates her own unique take on American cuisine. Raised in Asheville, N.C., which proudly claims itself as a “Foodtopian Society,” Pettry’s childhood was steeped with influential food experiences including growing vegetables, foraging for mushrooms, trout fishing and countless hours in the kitchen learning from her parents’ global cooking style.

Pettry competed on season 14 of Bravo Media’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning “Top Chef.” She was named one of Restaurant Hospitality’s “15 To Watch in 2015,” a 2014 & 2015 Food & Wine “The People’s Best New Chef” nominee, a 2014 Star Chefs Rising Star, and was the winner of the 2013 Louisville Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ competition. She is also an alumna of the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, as well as a leader in the foundation’s national Smart Catch program, which aims to promote responsibly and sustainably sourced seafood. Pettry often steps out of the kitchen to work with charities related to her passions for food and cooking, including No Kid Hungry and The Food Literacy Project.