Team

Iris family

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Restaurant Iris is the creation of celebrated Chef Kelly English, but it's the Iris team that brings his vision to life daily. 

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Kelly English

chef/proprietor

Kelly really likes cooking and running restaurants. He wouldn't want to do anything else.

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camron razavi

executive chef- restaurant iris

Cam cooks food that only he could, rooted in the diversity of his family and his thirst for knowledge. Kelly is a huge fan of his cooking.

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Patrick Gilbert

director of operations- restaurant iris

Pat brings an ethic and an experience to our team that makes all of us better. Plus he is really good looking.  Email Pat for any onsite buyouts or offsite catering.                                        

 
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LARIN CULP

executive beverage director

Larin was part of the opening team at the second line and ran our first real bar program. Her palate is unique and her love of both cocktails and wine is unmatched.

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Melanie Short

executive office queen

Melanie does all of the work that makes our business go. She has a glorious Mississippi accent and is all of our defacto psychiatrist and the payer of all bills.

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Cindy Mcdonald

catering director

Email Cindy for any onsite buyouts or offsite catering.                  

 
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todd english

catering chef

Often referred to as the "better brother," Todd has known Kelly longer than anyone. An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Todd has always had a love of our food systems. 

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Jermain Smith

kitchen manager- the second line

Immediately recognizable as a social media and internet sensation, Jermain was the first employee hired at restaurant iris before it opened. He is the best dad on the planet.

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Jacob Leonard

bar manager- the second line

Jacob has been at the second line since day one. He has overseen a bar and cocktail program that cuts no corners and is ever changing...he also never forgets a name.

 
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Cliff Ward

general manager- the second line

Cliff keeps us all in order at the second line and really enjoys a day off when they come along. Cliff's vintage band shirts are actually vintage and never previously owned.

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Sam Hendricks

lead bartender- the second line

Sam mixes a great drink and crafts our beer list. When he isn't behind the bar you can find him behind a drum kit. He also likes hats.