Mason Hereford is the chef and owner of Turkey and the Wolf, a counter service-only joint that Food & Wine and Esquire listed as one of the most important restaurants of the decade, and Bon Appetit named the Best New Restaurant in America in 2017. He also owns Molly's Rise and Shine, a breakfast spot nearby that Food & Wine named one of the ten Best New Restaurants in America in 2020. He recently partnered with the co-chef of Turkey and the Wolf, Philip Cenac, and his wonderful wife, Lauren Agudo to open a new restaurant called Hungry Eyes.
Turkey and the Wolf: FlavorTrippin' in New Orleans, became a New York Times Bestseller, after the first shipment spent months lost at sea. Mason, Turkey and the Wolf restaurant, the cookbook, and his co-chefs at Molly’s Rise and Shine that recently joined him as partners, have all separately pulled the wool over the ol’ eyes of the James Beard Foundation and received award nominations.
For the last few years, Mason’s sandwich shop, Turkey and the Wolf has been cooking 100 meals a week for unhoused members of our community via a partnership with Southern Solidarity. His breakfast spot, Molly’s Rise and Shine, cooks 100 meals a week for community members via a food partnership with Bethlehem Lutheran Church, a pro choice, pro LBGTQ, anti racist, badass church in Central City. Both restaurants have had partnerships with the school in their neighborhood, Laurel Elementary, donating hundreds of pairs of pajamas in the winter for children who wouldn’t likely otherwise have access, sponsoring a student of the month club (which isn’t currently active), and providing a safe place for the students in the neighborhood.