Born and raised in Richmond, California, Chef Kevin began his culinary career aged 12 in his home kitchen sneaking a portion of his mother’s beloved gumbo into a separate pot and experimenting with his own spice ideas—eventually leading to a recipe that not only impressed his mother (who now says it’s better than her own!) but also has become his top-requested dish.
Chef Kevin formally trained at Le Cordon Bleu at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, where he was immersed in the techniques of French, Indian, and Thai cuisines—in addition to having traveled extensively in Italy and France, and being “homeschooled” in Southern and Creole cooking by his mother and both grandmothers.
He combines all of this knowledge with his personal attention to layering flavors while letting ingredients shine through to create crowd-pleasing comfort food recipes and elegant multi-course meals.
Before becoming a personal chef he assisted in the opening of Little Fork Restaurant, Hollywood, and also served as Executive Chef for the development and opening months of Daddy O’s Restaurant San Francisco. Chef Kevin Warren has held positions at top restaurants and catering companies, including the opening year of Latin-fusion restaurant, Bocanova, Jack London Square; and world-renowned Creole restaurant, Brennan’s, New Orleans.
Chef Kevin Warren has been featured in Ebony magazine and has catered for the Emmy award winning NBC’s The Voice Tailgate. He’s appeared in episodes of America’s Test Kitchen on PBS. As a Test Cook for ATK Cook’s Illustrated magazine in Boston, he was frequently filmed working in the kitchen for the 2011 season’s shows.