Our Executive Chef
Ann Kim is the executive chef at the Garden & Gun Club, where her unique approach to cuisine helps bring the brand’s Southern spirit to life. Born and raised in California's Bay Area, Kim began cooking at a young age, starting as a dishwasher at a ballpark and working her way through roles in various Bay Area restaurants.
Prior to joining the Garden & Gun Club team, Kim consulted on operations and menu development for several West Coast restaurants and served as chef de cuisine at Joya, a popular tapas restaurant in Palo Alto. During her time at Joya, Kim embraced classic Spanish flavors while experimenting with a blend of exotic ingredients and techniques.
With an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for hospitality, Kim brings to the table a fondness for casual, elevated cuisine. At the Garden & Gun Club, she has been instrumental in translating the identity of a modern Southern brand into a first-of-its-kind dining and cocktail experience. Outside the kitchen, Kim spends her time exploring Atlanta, trying new restaurants, traveling for inspiration, and roller-skating.
About the Club
The Garden & Gun Club, the newest expression of Garden & Gun magazine, is a premier cocktail and social establishment that brings the defining Southern lifestyle brand to life. The Club is located in the Battery Atlanta directly across from the entrance to Truist Park—home of the Atlanta Braves—and below the new Comcast Southeast headquarters.
The James Beard Award–winning team of chef Mike Lata and Adam Nemirow of FIG and the Ordinary (Charleston, South Carolina) helped start the Club, bringing culinary expertise and unparalleled service standards to the restaurant. “We wanted to create a dining experience that encapsulated Southern foodways as seen through the lens of the magazine,” Lata says. “We've taken cues from iconic staples and applied a no-nonsense approach to crafting these dishes with great ingredients, careful technique, and a fresh perspective. The outcome is pretty damn delicious.”
The 1,700-square-foot space was designed in collaboration with Workstead and features an elegant mix of old and new. Says Workstead cofounder Stefanie Brechbuehler, “If you look at the established Garden & Gun aesthetic, it has a distinct Southern point of view as well as a broader interest in design. We wanted to create an environment with no boundaries that also respected the context of the brand and the space. Our guiding questions were: How do you bring the institution of G&G to the Battery? And how do you conjure the G&G world in a physical space in a way that people—both familiar and unfamiliar with the brand—feel equally at home? I think we’ve succeeded in doing both."
Other signature touches include custom ties, aprons, and check portfolios. The pieces were created for the waitstaff by Atlanta-based designers Sid and Ann Mashburn, and are available to purchase in the retail shop within the restaurant space.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Club.
About Garden & Gun
Garden & Gun is the only magazine that moves from the sporting life to lush land and gardens, from architectural pursuits to adventurous travel, from food and drink to visual splendor.
Every issue of Garden & Gun tells the story of the modern American South. A place of grace and intellect. Strength and beauty. Grit and glamour. Depth and devotion.
It is about appreciating the richness of this region and knowing how that understanding can enrich one’s life and translate beyond Southern geography.
It is about a life well lived.
ATLANTA BRAVES, CHEF MIKE LATA, ADAM NEMIROW, WORKSTEAD and Atlanta Braves Development Company, Atlanta Fixtures, BoBo Intriguing Objects, Crystal Marble Co., La Colombe, Le Creuset, the Macallan Group, Moore & Giles, Phillips Engineering, Sid & Ann Mashburn, SOCO Gallery, Subeau, The Urban Electric Co., Vanguard Furniture