Growing up in Alabama, Kyle lived off southern comfort food, most often prepared by his father, who is one of his biggest influences to pursue his career to share that passion with others. As he grew older, he would join his father in the kitchen, learning how to make the same meals he enjoyed eating as a kid. He quickly found himself sharing these creations with friends and family and always looked for an opportunity to learn more and grow in the culinary arts.
Kyle went out on a limb and decided to try his hand in a professional kitchen. He knew of a golf resort, Pursell Farms, near his home where he might be able to get that opportunity. He then met Chef Andrea Griffith, who had worked with Chef Rich Rosendale at the Greenbrier, who took him in with open arms and gave him that chance he was craving. He gave his first real glimpse of a career in sharing this passion with people, and he was instantly hooked. With Chef Andrea’s teachings, he built a solid foundation of culinary knowledge and skills.
Chef Andrea saw something in him and recommended he continue his growth in the profession but from one of the best in the business. It was then he found his way to Roots 657 restaurant, where, with the guidance of Chef Rosendale, he has been able to continue to learn and grow and become part of a profession he thought was merely a dream.