Born in rural Mississippi, chef Brad McDonald grew up cooking game with his father and baking with his mother. Having worked under the acclaimed chef John Currence in his university town of Oxford, Mississippi, Brad went on to cook at Alain Ducasse, Per Se and Noma. In 2012 his first restaurant, Governor, in Brooklyn, New York, was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Brad came to London with his family soon afterwards and re-launched The Lockhart in London's Marylebone in early 2014, where his contemporary take on southern American cooking made him the toast of the town. Brad has appeared on BBC TV's Saturday Kitchen. In October 2015 he launched his second restaurant, Shotgun, in Soho, which focuses on authentic southern barbecue and smoking.