kent-the-deck-chef Kent "The Deck Chef" Whitaker

Kent Whitaker has taken his down-home, Southern-style cooking to an art-form. “I like to do a bit more than burgers and dogs on the grill.”

He is co-editor of the State Hometown Cookbook Series (Great American Publishers.) He is also the author of Smoke in the Mountains and Checkered Flag Cooking (Quail Ridge Press), and has written and illustrated two children’s books, Why are the Mountains Smoky? (Overmountain Press, 2004) and Big Mo’s Tennis Ball Hunt (Great American Publishers, 2006). He has also written three history books, The USS Alabama (Arcadia Publishing, 2013) Talladega Superspeedway (Arcadia Publishing 2014) and Bullets and Bread, Feeding the Troops in World War Two (History Publishing Company, 2012).

Kent has appeared on the Food Network and other network television stations and is the winner of the Emeril Live / Food Network barbecue contest. He frequently hosts cooking classes throughout the South and during his book signings and chef demos. He host a short format cooking radio show which is heard on over 50 affiliates nationwide and writes monthly articles for The National Barbecue News.

Kent's other job is that of a sports writer where he regularly covers NASCAR, ARCA Racing, INDYCAR racing, and occasionally the NFL.

Kent and his wife Ally live in East Tennessee with one son, Macee, a Golden Retriever named Moses, a Presa-Canario named King, and a Shitzu named Lucy.




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