Simply Irresistible

A chef-driven concept kitchen with serious legs, Top Chef champ Jeremy Ford provides our populace with refreshing repast at Stubborn Seeds.
Text by Ryan Jarrell | May 7, 2018 | Lifestyle

It’s almost too much to handle. Night after night, week after week, top-tier restaurants are craning open their doors all across the city. Engagingly engorging at every available opportunity, the truly devoted Magic City gourmand faces a fearsome prospect: With every new noveau spot as delish as the previous, what’s to stop an enterprising foodie from falling into a state of eatery-inflected ennui? Well, worry not, for Grove Bay Hospitality Group and Top Chef-winning, Jacksonville-bred gastronomic artisan Chef Jeremy Ford have concocted a craftily complex menu sure to shock even the numbest of nibblers at Stubborn Seed. Excited as we are to see Sunshine State heroes take central stage in our culinary scene, one question niggles: Just how Florida influenced is Ford’s latest offering? Very much so, he tells us. “There’s inspiration everywhere,” he says. “I’ve been lucky to train under amazing chefs — including Dean Max and Jean-Georges — but I find that when dining out, exploring has really broadened my horizons; my own ‘backyard’ is really the best source of inspiration.”;