Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Connecticut, Kerry Heffernan began working in restaurants at age 15. Following high school, Heffernan bicycled through Europe, eventually setting up camp in the South of France, baking croissants. He returned home to attend the Culinary Institute of America, graduating second in his class. After spending another year cooking and traveling throughout Europe, Heffernan came back to New York City, honing his skills at such highly regarded restaurants as Montrachet, Le Régence, Restaurant Bouley and Mondrian with Tom Colicchio before landing his first job as Chef de Cuisine at One Fifth Avenue. He later became the Executive Chef of the Westbury Hotel's famed Polo Restaurant, training ground of such extraordinary talents as Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud. During his five-year tenure as Executive Chef of New York City’s South Gate, Heffernan also created and continues to work as consultant to "15 CPW," a private restaurant at Manhattan’s toniest address. Heffernan remains active outside the kitchen in philanthropy, serving on the City Harvest Food Council and cooking for Share Our Strength, Project by Project, and both the Central Park and Madison Square Park Conservancies and as an advisor to several nonprofit agencies charged with seafood sustainablity and conservation. In 2012, he was honored as the commencement speaker at the Culinary Institute of America. An avid outdoorsman and seafood expert, Heffernan has won several charity fishing tournaments, including the "Manhattan Cup" and the "Montauk Redbone." In addition to appearing as a guest judge on Top Chef All-Stars, he has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Martha Stewart, CBS and CNN’s American Morning. He is currently working on a cookbook about foraging, fishing and cooking on the East End of Long Island.
The Latest from Kerry
After Show: Will Cook for Free
Part I: Tom Colicchio gives advice to aspiring chefs and Kerry Heffernan and Chris Cosentino talk more about 'Top Chef Masters' on the After Show.
After Show: Gone Too Soon
Part II: Tom Colicchio, Kerry Heffernan, and Chris Cosentino pick the 'Top Chef Master' who was voted off too soon and answer viewer questions on the After Show.
And the Fan Favorite Is...
Andy Cohen reveals the 'Top Chef Masters' Fan Favorite.
Quickfire Lick Fire Challenge
Kerry Heffernan and Chris Cosentino guess how many licks it will take Tom Colicchio to identify the food.
Tom Colicchio tries on different hair styles during 'Here's What.'
Chris Cosentino is really into meat. Don't believe us? Check out his Instagram.
Kerry Heffernan: "An Amazing Experience"
It's a great feeling to have gotten to the finals and Kerry is pleased to have been in the finale.