Bios 2017-08-28T13:18:30+00:00

Robert St. John

Robert St. John has spent almost four decades in the restaurant business. Thirty of those years have been as the owner of the Purple Parrot, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, and Ed’s Burger Joint in Hattiesburg, MS.

St. John is a restaurateur, chef, columnist, and author. For 19 years he has written a weekly syndicated food column for several newspapers.

His restaurant— The Purple Parrot Café— has been named the best fine dining restaurant in Mississippi and just received its sixth Four-Diamond rating from the AAA Travel Guide. Additionally, in 2011, AAA named Purple Parrot Café the second-best fine-dining restaurant in the South (just behind Commander’s Palace). Tabella has been voted “Best Italian” in Mississippi, Crescent City Grill has been voted one of “Mississippi’s Top Ten” restaurants, and the Mahogany Bar has been voted among the “Best Beer Bars in America” for the past three consecutive years.

St. John has been named the state’s top chef three consecutive years and was honored as Mississippi Restaurateur of the Year.

St. John is the author of ten books, including three previous collaborations with watercolorist Wyatt Waters. Their book, An Italian Palate, was written in Europe while St. John, his wife, and his two children traveled through 17 countries on two continents for six months.

St. John has been featured in USA TODAY and appeared on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, National Public Radio, Martha Stewart Living, and the Turner South network.

In 2009, St. John founded Extra Table, a non-profit organization that purchases healthy foods to soup kitchens and mission pantries throughout Mississippi.

Wyatt Waters

A native Mississippian, Wyatt Waters is widely known for his Southern culture watercolors and plein air paintings of the roadside South. Waters’ work has been featured in Arts & Antiques, American Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Mississippi Magazine, Delta Magazine, and Plein Air Magazine. His paintings are popular among both private and corporate collectors. He has collaborated with the well-known chef Robert St. John on A Southern Palate, Southern Seasons, and An Italian Palate. He has received the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for An Oxford Sketchbook, the Mississippi Library Association Special Award for Art for his collaboration with Robert St. John, and the Mississippi Arts Commission Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Wyatt Waters

A native Mississippian, Wyatt Waters is widely known for his Southern culture watercolors and plein air paintings of the roadside South. Waters’ work has been featured in Arts & Antiques, American Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Mississippi Magazine, Delta Magazine, and Plein Air Magazine. His paintings are popular among both private and corporate collectors. He has collaborated with the well-known chef Robert St. John on A Southern Palate, Southern Seasons, and An Italian Palate. He has received the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for An Oxford Sketchbook, the Mississippi Library Association Special Award for Art for his collaboration with Robert St. John, and the Mississippi Arts Commission Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.