William Eudy brings more than 20 years of culinary experience to his current role as Corporate Executive Chef for McAlister’s Deli, where he oversees the menu concepts and kitchen operations for the company’s 440+ restaurants. Since joining McAlister’s in April 2015, Will has been responsible for bringing a wholesome, clean approach to crafting McAlister’s menu items from recipe development and sourcing, to the building of each dish. Along with a focus on handcrafted food and beverage offerings, Chef Will assists purchasing in the selection of quality products and strategic partners, while finding ways to improve current vendor relations and efficiency. Chef Will’s commitment to providing fresh ingredients and consistently high-quality food and service to McAlister’s guests has been integral as the brand continues to expand its footprint across the country.
Before leading the culinary vision at McAlister’s, Will was the Executive Chef and Director of Research & Development for Best American Hospitality. While there, he led the creative advancement and menu development for Shoney’s restaurants, updated the buffet and a la Carte offerings and implemented fresh ingredients and original initiatives across all locations. Will was also a consulting chef for Le Vigne at Montaluce Winery, overseeing the property’s renovation and the development of a new seasonal, vineyard-inspired menu. In years prior, Will held executive chef roles at leading culinary and hospitality organizations including The Kimpton Group, Lettuce Entertain You, The Cafeteria Group, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group and Darden Restaurants.
An honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Will remains an active member of the culinary community, participating in organizations including the American Culinary Federation, Chefs Collaborative and Culinary Institute of America Mentoring Association, supporting, educating and mentoring aspiring chefs.