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Born into the famous Kingsford Charcoal family, the Michigan native was raised by generations of food worshippers who passed their love of good food and entertaining down to Kelly.
After completing her undergrad at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Kelly enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. After spending a year honing her culinary skills at the famed Magnolia’s restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, Kelly returned to Colorado to be near family. This move brought her into the kitchen and talented hands of chef Anthony Hessel.
In the summer of 2003, Kelly helped chef Tony open Brasserie Ten Ten, where she remained as his chef de cuisine for several years. She then moved on to working with Mathew Jansen at Radda Trattoria and Mateo before returning to the Walnut Restaurant Group as the executive chef for the Mediterranean Restaurant, the Mediterranean Bakery and Brasserie Ten Ten. Kelly and her crew's newest restaurant is Via Perla.
Kelly most enjoys hiking with her family, the Colorado sunshine, dining out as often as possible, traveling and being silly with her daughter Olivea.