Apr 17, 2018
Kevin Korman Named Executive Chef of The Edwin Hotel
Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. recently welcomed Kevin Korman as Executive Chef of The Edwin Hotel, Vision's first boutique hotel development. As one of the Gulf Coast's most acclaimed chefs, Kevin has spent the last nineteen years cultivating a love of food and perfection. After studying classic French technique, he graduated from Baltimore International College in 2002. He began working in his first fine dining establishment under the watchful eye of one of the very few certified master chefs in the US, Rudy Speckhamp. Within a short time he was promoted to sous chef and began managing and training those around him. Looking to expand his palate he transitioned to a position at the Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Eatonton, GA. It was in this capacity that he applied his creativity to form his own style of cooking. In the following years he moved back to Maryland to accept a position as instructor at the Lincoln Culinary Institute adding an additional dimension to his repertoire.
Rounding out his final years in Maryland, Korman served as the executive chef of Santoni’s Marketplace & Catering Company. With over seventy employees and six million in annual sales, he mastered yet another aspect of restaurant management. His unrelenting pursuit of knowledge and creativity led him to Caliza in Alys Beach, Florida to refine his style of modern American cuisine where he grew from chef de cuisine of Caliza Restaurant to executive chef of all Alys Beach outlets.
In 2015, Chef and his wife Angela opened Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar, a modern American seafood restaurant located in Inlet Beach Florida. He has been featured on local and national television broadcasting, along with featured articles in The Local Palate magazine, Men’s Fitness, Garden and Gun, and Southern Living. He has also been repeatedly invited to represent South Walton Beach restaurants at a variety of notable food festivals, including the Nashville Food & Wine Festival, where he presented alongside various Food Network celebrity chefs.
Chef Kevin is renowned for his ability to present a familiar dish in an unexpected way, complementing The Edwin's Whitebird restaraunt and rooftop whiskey bar. Whitebird pays homage to the indigenous regional cuisine of the Tennessee River Valley and surrounding Appalachian Region. Under direction of Korman, the farm-to-table restaurant will use modern American techniques in inventive and delicious dishes, connecting guests to an authentic culinary experience.
“Kevin comes from a lineage of chefs that, first and foremost, have a passion for serving others and who genuinely care about every guest experience,” said Greg Bradley, General Manager of The Edwin Hotel. “Chef Korman’s culinary talent is fueled by his diligent research of the local cuisine to craft authentic dishes highlighting our incredible local products and farmers. We are truly excited to welcome Chef Korman to Chattanooga and honored to have him lead the culinary efforts of The Edwin Hotel.”