Chef Ken Lumpkin

Chef Ken Lumpkin was born in Oakland, California to a Japanese mother and a decorated naval officer. Being raised in a traditional Japanese household, steeped in generations of old family recipes and techniques, was what sparked his passion for culinary arts. After traveling the country he settled in Memphis, TN with his family where he received tutelage by fire under master French chefs such as Jose Gutierrez of Chez Phillippe restaurant at the Peabody Hotel, Jean Christophe and Hene Bjorklund of Aubergine Restaurant. With these years of influence and honing his culinary skills, Ken decided to travel, cook in such places as Japan and Jamaica. These life changing experiences, something that he carries into his future endeavors.

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