Robert Holley brings a classic formal background combined with a simplistic Country French approach to one of the nation’s most popular seafood restaurants, Atlanta Fish Market.
Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Chef Robert originally intended to be a Marine Biologist. While cooking at a local restaurant to help pay for his education, he found that he was better suited for the restaurant business than marine science. So he decided to dive into the profession with academic training at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
After graduating in 1987 Chef Robert went to work for the brother-and-sister team of Maguy and Gilbert Le Coze at New York’s famous La Bernadin. Under the tutelage of New York Times’ Four Star Gilbert Le Coze, Chef Robert learned the special skills of fish preparation, which he believes is a critical part of his culinary skills.
In his four years at La Bernadin, Holley focused on learning the techniques of a fine French kitchen, and in 1991 the Le Cozes opened Brasserie Le Coze in Miami, and Robert joined them. He gave Miami residents something to celebrate in the more casual but still elegant and disciplined Brasserie Le Coze, and shortly thereafter brought the concept to Atlanta’s Buckhead area to a warm and enthusiastic reception. In 2000, Chef Robert was hired by Pano Karatassos to lead the kitchen of the incredibly successful Atlanta Fish Market. “I’m very glad to have the challenge, as the Atlanta Fish Market has always been one of my favorite restaurants in the city – I’ve always loved the energy,” said Chef Robert. “This is going to be exciting.”
Chef Robert won a Silver Medal as captain of the U.S. team in the Culinary Olympics in Germany and has cooked at the prestigious James Beard House in New York. In his leisure time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, golf and working on his house.
- “Atlanta’s Top 25 Restaurants” Atlanta Business Chronicle (2016)
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- “Atlanta’s Best Lobster Roll” Zagat (2015)
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With the Southeast’s widest selection of fresh fish, Atlanta Fish Market is a comfortable, relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of Buckhead.