HOMETOWN: Born in Shawnee, KS; Currently resides in Merriam, KS
PROFESSION: Chef/Owner, Renee Kelly’s Harvest; Food Writer
CULINARY EDUCATION: A.O.S Culinary Arts, Art Institute of Houston
FAVORITE SIMPLE FALL DESSERT RECIPE: Apple Pie with a Brown Sugar Crust and Cinnamon Ice Cream
Renee Kelly 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's Harvest, featuring an approachable upscale farm-to-table menu situated in a historic neighborhood castle. Every dish she creates is prepared according to the seasonal twists and turns of the Kansas climate. Her goal for Harvest is to become a living, breathing example of sustainability in the community.