Fernand Martel, the president and founder of Martel's, began his career in the restaurant/catering business 42 years ago. He is a French-Canadian who has lived in the United States for
over 30 years, working primarily in large hotels and country clubs in Massachusetts, Florida and Georgia. Included in his impressive resume of fine establishments are the St. Lucie
Country Club in Florida, Callaway Gardens and Hamilton Hall – both in Georgia. In January of 1980, he opened his own French restaurant, Martel's, on historic Milledge Avenue in Athens,
Georgia. Among his many accomplishments is his certification as Certified Executive Chef in 1978, and an induction into the American Academy of Chefs, the honor society of the
American Culinary Federation, in 1982. Martel has served as president of the Athens-Clarke Chapter of the Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association and also as president of the
Atlanta Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.
Add your name to the esteemed list of customers who have enjoyed the food of Martel's: Vice President Spiro Agnew, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Governor and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, Kenny Rogers, Kim Basinger, Shaun Cassidy and Vince Gardenia.
Martel has also served his share of Atlanta celebrities at the Phipps Plaza Grand Reopening, Wildwood Plaza Grand Opening, Arts Alive event (where he won first place for the best table presentation), and many other fabulous events.
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