Through a love of travel and international culture, Chef Stephen Gilbert has been taking influences from all over the world and creatively presenting them using some of the freshest ingredients from the southwest Virginia area. Beginning in March, Chef Gilbert will open Morgan’s, an exciting new restaurant in Abingdon, Virginia that will showcase his vision of local ingredients prepared with international influences. “Experimentation and presentation are the driving points of our cuisine as we create seasonal menus and daily specials that highlight the best flavors and ingredients of that season, as well as allowing for creative explorations of these ingredients, says Chef Stephen Gilbert.”
The ever-changing menu is inspired by local availability and focuses on unique ingredients. The core message is “Old world, new world, whole world” which focuses on using old traditions and recipes blended with new technologies and styles and using the best local ingredients in a seasonal manner while blending multi-cultural influences. Customers will learn about new and interesting ingredients and the cultural influences of these ingredients. New cooking technologies, such as sous vide cooking, will be blended with Appalachian and global cooking traditions. Menus are changed seasonally to allow for utilization of seasonal ingredients and to highlight chef creativity.