A Meal Fit for a King: Jon Gatlin from the Oliver Royale Restaurant at KaTom

It was a meal ‘fit for a king’ at the KaTom demonstration on Wednesday evening at KaTom Cooking Supplies. Featured was the cuisine of Jon Gatlin, Executive Chef of the Oliver Royale Restaurant in downtown Knoxville. This is my favorite of all the places on Market Square so I knew that I had to go. As it turned out, there was quite a crowd at KaTom for this demonstration. Here is what I saw there.

Executive Chef, Jon Gatlin, prepares for the event.

The Oliver Royale is connected to the Oliver Hotel in Market Square and a restaurant that you would certainly enjoy. Gatlin said that they will soon change to a spring menu because they celebrate the seasonality of food and what is grown in our area. Beverages are really good as well. I like this restaurant so much that I took my niece there before a Goo Goo Dolls concert this fall. Perfect for a special occasion.

First course served was a mushrooms and frisee salad with crispy farro and a soy vinagrette. Everyone loved it!


Attendees: Regina, Anne Hewitt, and Stephanie Kidd.

Second course was seared scallops. They were perfectly cooked.



I spent my high school years in Morristown so it was a surprise to meet some friends of my parents at this demonstration. Pictured below, from left to right: Lea Wayne Perkins and Billie McElvoy. I think that Tish Jones is shopping at this moment. I don’t blame her!



My table had a fun crew. Pictured are Harriet Berrier, Karen McNabb, Sharon Huskey, Donna Jones, and Faye Andrews who is also from Morristown.


The third course was beef tenderloin with smashed cauliflower, roasted mushrooms, brussel sprout leaves, baby swiss chard, and blue cornflower. Yes, we ate that too. It was good!




Our hostess, Laura Dickerson, with a blue cornflower. The flowers were very mild.


Enjoying photos with Chef Gatlin after dinner.


I enjoyed seeing Lee Wayne Perkins and several other Morristown people on Wednesday. I never fail to meet some new ones at these events since KaTom is so convenient to the interstate and just a few exits away.

Everyone enjoyed the food Wednesday evening as Gatlin is a very talented chef. He attended Bradley County High School and attended their culinary school. Later, he attended the Cordon Bleu in Atlanta. Now, he is Executive Chef at my favorite restaurant on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville, the Oliver Royale.

Go to the website and you will immediately see the beautiful design.


You can also find them on Instagram and Facebook.

KaTom is drawing a nice crowd with their cooking demonstrations with local celebrity chefs. It is a fine way to get out and about in Sevierville. 


One thought on “A Meal Fit for a King: Jon Gatlin from the Oliver Royale Restaurant at KaTom

  1. Melinda A Derrick March 24, 2017 / 2:17 am

    Looks like a fun night. You have more energy than I on a Thursday night! It looks like a particularly fun crowd.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s