Chef Shaun Doty’s career has spanned the globe, but his passion lies in creating simply prepared contemporary fare in Atlanta. His extensive culinary experience is the driving force behind his newest concept, Bantam + Biddy, a southern diner and chicken rotisserie featuring local free-range and pastured chicken.
Doty began his culinary career at The Grape, a bistro located on lower Greenville in Dallas, TX. After a year at the famed bistro, Doty traveled to Charleston, SC, to attend Johnson and Wales University and worked at Restaurant Million while studying the culinary arts. Upon graduation, Doty moved to Atlanta to work for two years under Chef Guenter Seeger at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Later, he pursued culinary stints throughout France and Belgium, including experience at the renowned Michelin-starred restaurants Comme Chez Soi, Restaurant Bruno, Restaurant Claude Dupont, Restaurant Barbizon and Restaurant Troisgros.
Returning to the United States, Doty worked at Mirabelle in Beaver Creek, CO, and then Savanna’s in South Hampton. He was lured back to Atlanta by Chef Seeger who placed him as the executive chef at the highly celebrated downtown eatery Mumbo Jumbo. Doty’s next project as chef/owner was the launch of MidCity Cuisine, recognized by Atlanta Magazine as Restaurant of the Year 2003. Inspired by the casually sophisticated cafes of Paris, Venice, and Turin, MidCity Cuisine won accolades in national magazines from Gourmet to Bon Appetit for modern interpretations of classic brasserie cuisine. In November of 2005, Doty and his partnership sold MidCity Cuisine and he was recruited by the Manhattan-based Restaurant Associates to be executive chef of Table 1280 at the Woodruff Arts Center. After a successful debut, Doty began to develop a new project inspired by the simple bistro fare that he originally admired at the start of his career.
In October 2006, Doty opened Shaun’s, a casual neighborhood bistro that was situated in the heart of historic Inman Park. At Shaun’s, Doty spent four years creating ingredient-driven, seasonal and creative American cuisine that earned him praise from critics and diners alike until he closed the restaurant in October 2010 to focus on other endeavors.
In May 2010, Doty founded YEAH! BURGER, an eco-friendly eatery serving customizable burger combinations in Atlanta’s West Midtown and Virginia-Highland neighborhoods. Two years later, he sold his interest in YEAH! Burger to partner with Lance Gummere to open Bantam & Biddy at Ansley Mall in early October. The new eatery serves a mixture of regional, free-range pastured chickens. In addition to top quality chicken, Doty and Gummere have placed a major focus on Bantam + Biddy’s side offerings. The family-friendly restaurant offers Southern favorites as well as sides made with seasonal and local ingredients.
Doty also provides consulting services to various restaurants in Atlanta for menu development, staff recruitment and training, and marketing and promotional assistance.
When he’s not in the kitchen, Doty is actively involved in fundraising for causes relating to Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. He is a member of several local organizations and charities, including Southern Foodways Alliance, Wholesome Wave, Project Open Hand, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Georgia Organics and Georgians for Pastured Poultry. Doty also serves on the advisory council of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival.
As co-owner and director of operations of Bantam + Biddy, Lance Gummere oversees the food and beverage program as well as the day-to-day operations of the restaurant. In this role, his goal is to provide the utmost in high-quality food in an enjoyable atmosphere for the Atlanta community.
Gummere is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management. His culinary career began in 1993 when he completed a two-year apprenticeship alongside Chef Shaun Doty, the founder of Bantam + Biddy, under acclaimed Belgian Chef Daniel Joly at Mirabelle at Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek, Colorado. In 1996, Gummere and Doty worked together again along with renowned chef Guenter Seeger at downtown Atlanta restaurant Mumbo Jumbo. During his time there, Gummere worked in all facets of the kitchen and was soon named the restaurant’s sous chef. Five years later, he was promoted to chef de cuisine.
In 2001, Gummere started his own catering company while still working at Mumbo Jumbo. His catering company served numerous big name music stars including Iggy Pop, Dolly Parton and Jay-Z. In the following years, he continued to work with Doty on several restaurant ventures including MidCity Cuisine, Table 1280 and Shaun’s. Prior to partnering with Doty on Bantam + Biddy, Gummere served as the executive chef at The Shed at Glenwood. His menu of market fresh offerings established the restaurant as one of the top places to dine in Atlanta.
Gummere lives in East Atlanta with his wife, Gracie, and his two sons, Miles and Ryland. At home, Gummere also tends to an impressive garden and a homemade chicken coop.