Meet the Chef: Flying Squirrel's Ben Park talks Chattanooga hospitality, when he got serious about food and the dish that's better when mom makes it

Ben Park is Chef at thte Flying Squirrel on the Southside.

Ben Park, executive chef at Flying Squirrel, grew up in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in a family of cooks.

"Food was central to my family, whether it was my mother's chicken and dumplings or my dad's Spam and eggs in the morning," he says.

To him, those meals are good memories and translate into comfort foods for him. Park carries this over into the menu at Flying Squirrel, a popular Main Street eatery/bar open to those 21 and older except for weekend brunch. Flying Squirrel is where pimento cheese, grilled cheese and fried chicken accompany fancier options, such as a Waygu beef tartare sandwich or a local beet salad with Atlantic salmon.

photo Ben Park is Chef at thte Flying Squirrel on the Southside.