I Just Wanna Cook


Meet Chef Kenny

Food is my first love, food drives me and inspires me.  My deep appreciation for good cuisine started at a young age growing up in the suburbs of Maryland.  I was first exposed to a variety of foods from shopping with my dad at the local Farmer Markets in Maryland and Washington D.C.  My mom’s kitchen is where I observed her love for good Cuisine to the dishes she made for family and friends.  From reading my mom’s extensive cookbook collection, I knew subconsciously this is where it all began.

I began my culinary career shortly after high school, landing my first job on Capitol Hill. After completing culinary school where I trained with the late French chef Jean-Louis Palladin, I became an Executive Chef working at Hotels and Restaurants throughout the Washington D.C and Maryland region.  I embarked a career with Clyde’s Restaurant Group where I was able to showcase my culinary skills for 21 years.  As a culinary instructor, I began teaching classes at local culinary schools and with Howard County Parks and Recreation, Prince Georges County, Fairfax County School Systems and Prince George’s County Memorial Library.

 I was honored to be the featured chef on the Holland America’s  ms  Westerdam Caribbean Cruise Line and I have  been featured on local TV networks such as CBS, NBC, Fox, local newspapers, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and Radio stations,  WHUR and WBAL  and chosen to be  a guest Panelist at the University of Maryland’s “Creative Dialogue Series” Writing and Celebrating in the African American Tradition.

  Allow me to share my passion with anyone who would like to be part of my journey.



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