Chef Spotlight: Clif Holt

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A classic neighborhood restaurant that serves inspired food requires a classic homegrown chef. Clif Holt fills the bill and opened Little Savannah restaurant in Birmingham’s Forest Park neighborhood more than a dozen years ago.

Named for his daughter, Little Savannah was the culmination of a long-standing dream for Holt, who had first learned to appreciate the wonders of food cooking in the kitchen alongside his grandmother in Cullman, Alabama.

After a stint in the U.S. Navy, Holt came to Birmingham to pursue his culinary dreams, working in the kitchens of some of the city’s best restaurants under some of the Magic City’s most celebrated chefs.

Little Savannah at first had only 15 seats in the entire restaurant, but over the years it has expanded at its original location to become one of the anchors of Forest Park’s commercial district.

Although Little Savannah has changed throughout the years, one thing has remained the same—Chef Holt’s dedication, drive and pursuit to only serve the finest of ingredients including growing his own herbs and vegetables.

One of Holt’s passions is to share his love of the culinary arts so cooking classes are a part of the Little Savannah experience. A while back, Holt took a hiatus from the restaurant and managed the cooking class experiences at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook. But these days he is back in the restaurant kitchen full time.