Culinary

bernard bennett

Chef Bernard Bennett

Okàn (Bluffton) (he / him / his) Bernard’s love of food began when his mother taught him to cook with vegetables grown in his grandmother’s garden. He has over 17 years in the kitchen, most of which came in the beautiful city of Chicago. His career highlights while in Chicago include participating in the South […]

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Lateisha Wilson

Chef Lateisha Wilson

Matador Room at The Miami Beach Edition (Miami Beach) (she/her/hers) Chef Lateisha gravitated toward cooking from a young age and always sensed that she was destined for a professional culinary career. Born in the Bronx and raised in an African American and Cherokee Indian Household, Chef Lateisha was surrounded by different traditions and cooking styles

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courtney evans

Chef Courtney Evans

Leah & Louise (Charlotte) (she/her/hers) Chef Evans hails from Columbia, SC. Her love of food was initially rooted in her curiosity about the chemical reactions of various ingredients when they interact. She pursued this curiosity and interest at Johnson & Wales University and began her professional career at Leah & Louise, a James Beard Semi-Finalist

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Kim Mok

Chef Kim Mok

Boka (Chicago) (she/her/hers) Chef Kim’s life has been defined and shaped by food. She is a second-generation Chinese-American and spent many childhood weekends and summers working for her father, who owns a food production company. Although her parents cooked primarily Chinese cuisine at home, her mother’s baking was inspired by Mrs. Fields’ cookie books. Kim

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Zarah Khan

Chef Zarah Khan

Rustic Canyon (Santa Monica) (she/her/hers) Chef Zarah’s educational background in Environmental Science and Forestry led her to a deeper exploration of the stories behind the food she prepared, the impact of humans on food systems, and how she might inspire a new perspective. Zarah’s work on farms in the Pacific North West and Italy gave

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rasika venkatesa

Chef Rasika Venkatesa

Mourad (San Francisco) (she/her/hers) Her fondest memories are growing up in Chennai, India and cooking with her biggest inspiration, her grandmother Mythily Ramachandran. At a young age Rasika learned the power of food and how something as simple as her grandmother’s cooking could bring her family together in joy, unity, and tradition. After working in

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chef christopher vega

Chef Christopher Vega

La Pícara (San Juan) (he/him/his) Upon graduating from culinary school, Christopher began working at Condado Vanderbilt Hotel under one of Puerto Rico’s most lauded chefs, Juan Jose Cuevas, who oversees the dining room at 1919 Restaurant. During his time there, Chris had the opportunity to experience the breadth of the Condado Vanderbilt’s culinary establishments, including

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tre sanderson

Chef Tre Sanderson

Hotel X, Baro, Vela, (Toronto) (he/him/his) Sanderson has over a decade of culinary experience working in some of Toronto’s hottest restaurants. Being a first-generation Canadian with Caribbean roots, Tre draws inspiration from his Jamaican heritage, but also enjoys implementing different cooking styles, cultures, and techniques into each of his dishes. When Tre won Food Network’s

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chef yoonjung oh

Chef Yoonjung Oh

Jungsik (NYC) (she/her/hers) Being born and honing her pastry skills in Seoul, Korea, Chef Yoonjung found her way into The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She proceeded to stay in the States to work at Two-Michelin Starred restaurant Aquavit while she was still Pastry Chef. Owing to that, Yoonjung learned to

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chef romann dumorne

Chef Romann Dumorne

Northern Union (Ogunquit) (he/him/his) Romann worked his way up the ranks of the kitchen in a small restaurant in upstate New York before landing an opportunity in 2006 to work under Jonathan Cartwright, then Executive Chef of The White Barn Inn. The Brooklyn-born native with Haitian roots was given a two week trial. Six months

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