Willie Thomas is that rarity among chefs—unassuming, modest and seemingly unburdened by the huge ego that is a trademark of the trade. Not that he doesn’t have plenty to brag about. In his first year of running the kitchen at Capitol Grille, Esquire magazine named it one of the 25 Best Restaurants in America, specifically citing Thomas’ culinary craftsmanship. From the kitchen of his own Park Café, a warm, neighborhood locale, Thomas fuses Asian, French, Italian and regional American influences into a menu of quirky and intriguing scope that keeps his restaurant atop Nashville’s Best lists and attracts celebrity diners, who can sequester themselves in one of the seven small dining rooms.
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