Meet the Chef: Wine Down's Marcus Garner says he always knew he belonged in the kitchen

Marcus Garner is owner and chef of Wine Down, a wine bar and restaurant in Ooltewah.

Marcus Garner, chef/owner of Wine Down Bar and professed wine enthusiast, grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, in a family of foodies.

"My dad is a really good cook," he says, adding that his father, being from North Carolina, brought many Southern dishes and soul food to his family's Northern table. "I can vividly remember him working multiple pots and pans at once, and it amazed me. My mom can cook as well, and though she would beg to differ, I learned a lot from watching her, especially having to make meals very quickly because she worked a lot."

photo Marcus Garner, owner and chef of Wine Down in Ooltewah, creates the menu hand-picks all of the wines, beer and spirits served at the establishment.