This article appears in the September issue of 400 Life.
Tam’s Tupelo in Cumming is well-known for their burgers, seafood and steak, all served with a Cajun flair, but fewer people are likely to know one of the biggest reasons behind the unique taste.
Executive Chef Abel Munoz is a two-time Best of Forsyth winner for the chef category and is responsible for helping to come up with signature dishes, prepping where other cooks need to be, ordering food and other items from vendors, creating schedules for employees and, of course, handles cooking.
Munoz said he has nearly 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, along with two-and-a-half years at Tam’s Tupelo, and has cooked a variety of styles in the metro Atlanta area.
Even off the clock, Munoz said he is constantly watching cooking shows on TV and videos on the internet to help hone his craft.
Munoz spoke with 400 Life about some of his favorite foods, teams and shows.
See his answers below.
Big question, but do you have a favorite dish?
“I’d say jambalaya … Playing around the dishes and stuff, that’s what I do. I like to create and play with the food.”
Do you have a favorite celebrity chef?
“Oh yeah, one is Michael Symon. He’s my favorite chef.”
Favorite TV show?
“'Chopped' on [Food Network]. I like that, and I like watching soccer.”
What are you favorite soccer teams and player?
“Barcelona, and it’s [Lionel] Messi. No doubt.”
Favorite vacation spot?
“My wife and kids like Florida. When we get the time, we go there.”