For immediate release
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
MEMPHIS, TN – Louisiana native Chef Kelly English is bringing his unique culinary style to St. Louis, Mo. with the development of the Kelly English Steakhouse at Harrah’s St. Louis Casino & Hotel. English, who owns and operates one of Memphis’ most popular restaurants, Restaurant Iris, will bring his diverse background and French-Creole influences to a city that is known for its vast array of high-quality restaurants. The eponymous steakhouse is expected to open later this year.
“We’re delighted to introduce St. Louis to this amazing talent,” said Michael St. Pierre, Harrah’s General Manager. “Chef English brings a fresh style and unmatched passion which will earn him rave reviews with our guests.”
Admittedly wanting to snatch English up before anyone else, St. Pierre is looking to capitalize on the success and notoriety Kelly English has already earned in his relatively young career. Educated at the Culinary Institute of America and trained by celebrity chef and mentor Chef John Besh, English has laid the foundation to be a good chef. But it’s his passion for cooking and commitment to uncompromised service that’s made him a great chef and has catapulted him into the national culinary spotlight.
English, who has become fully immersed in the Memphis culinary scene since the opening of Restaurant Iris in 2008, considers this new venture to be the next step in his career.
“Memphis is where I opened my first restaurant and it is now my home,” said English. “But I am excited that I will now be able to bring a little bit of Memphis to St. Louis with this opportunity.”
For those wondering what this new restaurant means for Memphis’ Restaurant Iris, English is quick to offer assurances to his loyal patrons.
“I will continue to have a dedicated presence at Restaurant Iris,” English explains. “I’ve made it a point to surround myself with an incredibly talented front- and back-of-house staff, who understand and share my dedication to quality food and customer service. Restaurant Iris will continue to present exciting new dishes, based on fresh and local ingredients and will continue to strive to exceed our patron’s expectations.”
In 2010, English was named a James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast, was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by the Memphis Restaurant Association, and appeared on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” In 2009, on the anniversary of the Restaurant Iris opening date, English was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs.” In addition to countless national magazine features, English has also cooked alongside Wolfgang Puck at the American Wine and Food Festival, is heavily involved in the COCHON 555 movement, and is on the Founder’s Council for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, to be held in May 2011.
“I am deeply honored by the awards and recognition I’ve received, but those awards are not why I cook,” explained English. “I cook because I love the way food affects people. I enjoy offering my guests an opportunity to experience flavors from traditional dishes they might not expect.”
Prior to opening Restaurant Iris, English once served as the Chef de Cuisine at N’awlins, a Louisiana-style restaurant located at Harrah’s sister property, Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Miss.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with the Caesars Entertainment family in this capacity,” said English. “I am excited about partnering with a great company like Harrah’s to bring something new to the St. Louis culinary scene.”
Kelly English Media Contact:
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Harrah’s St. Louis