Chef Kenny Gilbert is best known for his appearance on “Top Chef” Season seven, where he instantly become one of the most likable cheftestants to date. Throughout his career, Kenny has traveled the world, staging in some of the top restaurants in Japan, Spain, France and the Caribbean.  He has cooked at the James Beard House, participated in wine & food festivals around the country, cooked for the Sports Illustrated Super Bowl party and appeared on the “Today Show,” Jacksonville’s FOX 30 and in the LA Times. Kenny has cooked for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Stedman Graham, Samuel L. Jackson and A.J Calloway, just to name a few.  In March 2015, Kenny opened Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen with his wife Anna.  UK serves seasonal deep southern cuisine and is located in Fernandina Beach, FL.

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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
Earliest memory would be watching my parents entertain at our home in Cleveland Ohio. BBQ and Southern meals served with Cocktails and Beer.

If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?While I was Corporate Chef of Yardbird we did a dinner with Sean Brock. Afterwards Jeff Mc Innis and I went to the after hours Celebrity Chef Hospitality. It was great to have such amazing conversations about the business while having great cocktails and Food. Elad from Broken Shakers was mixing the Cocktails that night and Lee Anne Wong made the food. Amazing.

If this is your first year participating in SOBEWFF, what are you most looking forward to?
Looking forward to socializing with other amazing Chefs while showcasing my cuisine

If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?I would love to cook with Jean George. I love the diversity and range that he has within his restaurant empire. I respect his success while cooking what he is passionate about.

I never leave home without my:
Cell Phone. I take so many pictures and make so many notes. Its like a third hand! Ha Ha.