We are delighted to present Festival author Chef Kenny Gilbert in collaboration with Olamaie Executive Chef Michael Fojtasek on November 12 at 11:00 a.m. for a special brunch at Olamaie. Tickets include three courses inspired by Gilbert’s cookbook, celebrating traditional Southern dishes. The event will start with passed appetizers and cocktails from Olamaie while Chef Gilbert mingles with guests. Each ticket is $140 plus service charge and includes a signed copy of Southern Cooking, Global Flavors.
Chef Gilbert brings more than 20 years of professional experience in the food and beverage industry, with his love for cooking beginning at the young age of seven when he developed a fascination for the grill watching his father barbecue. Since then, Gilbert participated in the seventh season of Bravo’s celebrated series ‘Top Chef’, and served as Executive Chef in the Caribbean as well as the states. He has traveled the world, staging in some of the top restaurants in Japan, Spain, France, and the Caribbean. From banquets to pastries, club and restaurant design to bar and lounge concepts, Gilbert’s innovative and creative approach to the restaurant and hospitality industries is unmatched. His passion for herbs and spices and the fusion of Caribbean flavors make for an exciting, fresh perspective on traditional Southern cuisine.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Gilbert relocated to Florida after graduating from culinary school to pursue his career. Over the years he has participated in wine and food festivals around the country, cooked at the James Beard House and garnered numerous awards and accolades.