Who is Mason Hereford?

James Beard nominated Writer, Chef and Sandwich King

Mason Hereford is the chef and owner of Turkey and the Wolf, a counter service-only joint that Food & Wine and GQ both listed as one of the most important restaurants of the decade, and Bon Appetit named the Best New Restaurant in America in 2017.

He also owns Molly's Rise and Shine, a breakfast spot nearby that Food & Wine named a Best New Restaurant in America 2020. The co-chefs and partners at Molly’s, Colleen Quarls and Liz Hollinger, were nominated for James Beard Awards in 2023.

His James Beard nominated cookbook, ‘Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin' in New Orleans’, became a New York Times Bestseller after the first shipment spent months lost at sea.

He recently partnered with the co-chef of Turkey and the Wolf, Philip Cenac, and his wife, Lauren Agudo to open a new restaurant called Hungry Eyes. They serve deluxe drinking food, zippy wines, and lipstick smeared martinis in an 80’s inspired space on Magazine St. in New Orleans.

Mason was born and raised on rollerblades and gas station food in rural Virginia. He currently lives in New Orleans and will never leave.

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