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After Leaving Hollywood, Atlanta Chef Thrives In New Career

Oct 12, 2015

Atlanta foodies are very familiar with celebrity chefs.

You might bump into Ford Fry at the Grant Park Farmers Market or rub elbows with Alton Brown at the hardware store.

But the city has a different kind of celebrity chef, with a very different background than many of his peers.

Mitchell Anderson, founder and owner of MetroFresh, is the author of a new cookbook, “Food and Thought.”

But he began his professional life as an actor. After dropping out of The Juilliard School, his agent convinced him to ship out to Los Angeles.

Anderson did have a successful career, with notable roles in "Doogie Howser, M.D." and "Party of Five." But he eventually decided he wanted to do something else with his life.

Ten years ago, after leaving Hollywood for Atlanta, he opened his restaurant in Midtown.

“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes recently spoke with Anderson and asked him why (and how) he transitioned from the soundstage to the kitchen.