Khaled Albanna

After spending his childhood in the kitchen alongside his mother in Amman, Jordan, Chef Khaled AlBanna acquired invaluable and unattainable cooking skills while also learning unique culinary traditions from a young age. He then ventured to the United States to attend college where he studied Civil Engineering at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. It was during this time when Khaled realized his true passion for culinary arts.

Khaled set foot on his new career and soon gained experience cooking in top-tier restaurants throughout Chicago, New York and Chattanooga. During this time Chef Khaled also pursued several business opportunities in order to better understand and impact the culinary industry. He lent his passion to developing food and beverage programs for opening restaurants.

Continuing his journey from Executive Chef overseeing Whiskey Thief and Whitebird Restaurant at The Edwin Hotel, Khaled is pursuing his goal of opening his own restaurant, Calliope. He looks forward to utilizing his knowledge and skills and ultimately creating unforgettable culinary experiences through sustainable, locally-sourced and relaxed dining. This Southern inspired Levantine cuisine restaurant will be located in Flora de Mel Meadery opening summer 2021.

Joi Mason

Joi is a local talent in the Chattanooga hospitality industry partnering with ambitious, like-minded professionals to launch Calliope Restaurant. Joi currently is the General Manager of Flora De Mel Meadery and is looking forward to cultivating a culture of her own. Miss Mason’s passion lies in the education of food, spirits, service and the excitement that ensues when all are intricately woven together.

Joi has honed her skills as a Sommelier over the course of opening 3 restaurants and has been featured in City Scope Magazine for her role in the development of The Whitebird Restaurant at the Edwin Hotel. She is proud to continue the development of chemistry with Chef Khaled Albanna to see what indulgences they can bring to our table!