Bounty on Broad
Jackson Kramer is a native Memphian who began his cooking career shortly after graduating from Christian Brothers High School in 1998. While working at The Grove Grill, he recognized his passion for food and decided to pursue a career in the culinary arts. Jackson relocated to Portland, OR where he graduated from Western Culinary Institute, a Le Cordon Bleu program. In Portland, Kramer worked under Chef Eric Laslow at Laslow’s NW; while there, Jackson assisted the restaurant in earning the Restaurant of the Year Award by the Oregonian newspaper. After graduation, Jackson completed his externship at Criolla’s in Grayton Beach, FL under the tutelage of Chef Johny Earles.
In 2001 Kramer returned to his hometown, working first as a private chef for a prominent Memphis family. However, traveling throughout the northwest had cultivated within Jackson a more specific passion: local, organic, sustainable, and humanly raised foods. In pursuit of this new focus, Jackson moved to Asheville, NC to work at the Richmond Hill Inn, a four-diamond and four-star property. Two years later, he returned to Memphis and took a position with Wally Joe’s where, seizing the invaluable opportunity to work with several extremely talented chefs, Jackson increased his appreciation of authentic, simple cuisine. In 2007, he was offered his first Executive Chef position at the new Interim Restaurant and Bar. Jackson held that position until the end of 2009 when he left for Johnson City, TN to consult on a small family owned restaurant.
He returned as Interim’s Executive Chef in December of 2010; once again, he dedicated himself to maintaining his original commitment to local meats and produce and partnerships with local farmers and businesses. During his time at Interim, Jackson has received a semi-finalist nomination for the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award, Best Chef Award from Edible Communities Magazine, as well as features in several articles in various publications highlighting his talent and unique style.