Meet the Chefs – John May, Piedmont Restaurant

Piedmont Restaurant has cultivated a loyal following by creating an adventurous, seasonal dining experience in the heart of downtown Durham. We shine a light on foods harvested and raised in North Carolina, including from our sister farm in Hillsborough, Coon Rock Farm. Chef John May’s inspired cuisine showcases local ingredients in classic Southern dishes, reimagined with an inventive spirit. Our regionally focused craft cocktail program, North Carolina craft beers, and extensive and award-winning wine list designed by Crawford Leavoy complete our modern farm-to-table experience.

Chef John May joined Piedmont in August 2016 after two and a half years cooking alongside Chef Vivian Howard at her award-winning Chef & The Farmer in Kinston, NC. Guests may recognize May from the open kitchen where he was featured on several episodes of “A Chef’s Life.” A Durham native, May returned home to share his cooking – steeped in the South and its foodways and traditions – with his community at Piedmont, the ultimate destination for his NC-centered cuisine. A former United States Marine, May also studied at The Art Institute in Durham, cooked at the Weathervane at Southern Season, and at The Boot. Executive Chef John May brings a passion for storytelling through his food which resonates at Piedmont where delicious food and responsible sources are paramount. After an impressive showing at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, Chef May was listed by Zagat as one of the 9 Southern Chefs to Watch in 2017. Get your tickets today and enjoy Chef May’s exquisite cuisine at the Thursday Night Wine Dinner at Celebration Cottage, Grand Reserve event, and the Saturday evening Historic District Wine Walkabout.

Eager to try Chef John’s cooking? Purchase your tickets to the Wine Dinner, Grand Reserve and always-popular Walkabout.