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About Us

About Us

We are a group of cooks, farmers, waiters, cheese-makers, organizers, ranchers, brewers and dishwashers who share a common philosophy about how we eat and in a larger sense, about life.

We believe in the importance of working locally, not just using ingredients from our surrounding area, but also in our contribution to the community. The success of our restaurant has always been closely entwined with the health and progress of our community. For 35 years we have supported the arts, local-needs and education programs.

Our clients have returned over the decades, we hope in part because we have always tried to treat them as family… and friends. Some might say, our food tastes good, perhaps even memorable. Each day, we do our utmost to prepare and present fresh food in a creative manner with a craftsman’s hand. Working in the most sustainable way possible is important.

The Market Place has been a fixture in downtown Asheville since 1979. Though it’s beginnings rose in the streams and mountains of western North Carolina – a place of mountain trout and small farms – it also has a hand and heart inspired by traditions far from our borders. This mélange of local food prepared with other worldly traditions of the table may have helped the Market Place garner national attention but the keen reverence for the heritage and roots of Appalachia has always remained at the center of what we do.

We hope you notice.

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chef william dissen

Executive Chef & Owner

William Dissen

As Executive Chef & Owner, William has been named as one of America’s “Most Sustainable Chefs” where he strives to create “innovative farm-to-table cuisine” utilizing ingredients and artisan products from within 100 miles of the restaurant.

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matt atkinson chef de cuisine

Chef de Cuisine

Matt Atkinson

Matt Atkinson was born in Floewood, MS and raised in Nashville, TN. He cut his teeth in the culinary industry working for Chef John Currence while attending the University of Mississippi in Oxford at his restaurant City Grocery. It was there that he decided to pursue a career in cooking and wanted to continue learning the finer points of Southern cuisine. He left Oxford, MS to work with Chef Sean Brock at Husk Nashville, and later moved to the mountains of Asheville, NC to work with Chef John Fleer at Rhubarb.

Here at The Market Place, Matt has found a passion for local food and forged relationships with our farmers and local producers. When he is not in the kitchen he loves to be outdoors fishing, hiking or studying wild foods.

justin stoffregen general manager

General Manager

Justin Stoffregen

Justin Stoffregen has more than 24 years of experience working in the restaurant and hospitality industry and knows the key to success in hospitality is to approach every day with an open mind and positive attitude.

Justin spent many years learning the ins and outs of the business in Baltimore’s Little Italy where he worked as a server and bartender before taking a job in sunny Miami at the exclusive members-only club located inside the prestigious Versace Mansion. Seeking more of a challenge he accepted a position as a Sommelier, and later, as a sales counselor for the luxury brand division of the world’s largest fine wine and liquor distributorship, Southern Wine and Spirits. His love of wine and food, service and problem solving eventually lead him into management at The Market Place Restaurant where he gets to use those skills daily.

When not delivering genuine hospitality, Justin enjoys cooking, studying wine and spending time outdoors with his wife, Katrina.

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Our Farmers

Our Farmers

There is no cuisine without gardens and farmers.

The words “local” & “organic”, seen only in grassroots grocery stores, and markets, 20 years ago, are now common at our local tailgates and farmer’s markets, thanks to the demand we’ve created. This transition to locally grown foods has helped to provide support to local farmers, enhance our regional economy, and rekindle our love affair with great food.

Owner & chef, William Dissen, spent his early days exploring the gardens & barns of his grand parents farm. It was there that he realized the necessity of locally grown food. The fields and farm animals of Appalachia educated him, as a chef and a locavore, to truly appreciate the meaning of “sustainability”.

These basic needs represent the honor of what we strive for in our daily cooking here at The Market Place.

The tradition of “farm-to-table” is central to our kitchen.

Today we are fortunate for the wonderful tailgate markets, which we visit twice a week in season. Also for the other wonderful producers that delivery to our doorstep – Sunburst Trout, Looking Glass Creamery, Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Gaining Ground Farm, The Culinary Gardener and the local gatherers, like Alan Muskat ‘The Mushroom Man’. The circle broadens into Tennessee, now that Tom Michaels is producing Tuber melanosporum in his hazelnut and oak orchards – the Perigord truffle.

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Recent Press Mentions

Recent Press Mentions