Kansas City’s uber-local chef of Harvest, Renee Kelly creates a living breathing fabric of sustainability through her knowledge and playful nature. A season 13 Top Cheftestant, Chef Renee’s creative process for cooking is sensory. Most menu creations start in the garden.
“Seeing the colors and breathing in the aromas of fresh ingredients are all the inspiration I need,” she says. “From there, the flavors come together.”
Renee started pre-med at Texas A&M before realizing that cooking was her true passion. She switched gears to attend the Art Institute of Houston and worked at country clubs and resorts before finally moving back to Kansas to start up her own catering company. After 11 years of catering, she opened her own restaurant, Renee Kelly & Harvest, featuring an approachable upscale farm-to- table menu situated in a historic neighborhood castle.