In 2015, Chef John Currence founded Move On Up, Mississippi. “Mississippi has provided me with wonderful opportunities in my career, and I am proud of what my team has built in Oxford,” says Currence. “Through a process made possible by Move On Up, Mississippi, we want to take greater strides and help our community move forward into a happier, healthier future.” Since 2015, Currence’s foundation has worked to inspire and fund educational initiatives to realize healthier futures for children living in Lafayette County.
Currence is the chef/owner of the City Grocery Restaurant Group. He was the recipient of both Restaurateur Of The Year and Chef of the Year awards from the Mississippi Restaurant Association. He has been awarded the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef South. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi and does whatever his wife, Bess and daughter, Mamie tell him to do.