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Kent Whitaker

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States


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About the Author - A New Southern American Storyteller

Do you love great stories, good food, fun people and a good chuckle? If so, then you
will love works by Southern author and semi-celeb chef Kent Whitaker. From his time on
TV and radio, his weekly and monthly newspaper articles or his books from two
publishers, Kent Whitaker always offers up a great read.

Kent Whitaker, better known as "The Deck Chef," claims a pure love of traditional
barbecue, grilling and a life-long passion for cooking. He enjoys traveling and collecting
recipes and stories along the way. Kent's Famous Barbecue Cornbread recipe won the
2003 Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest.

Kent has been a guest on many Chattanooga and Tri State area radio stations over
the last several years talking about grilling, barbecue, tailgate parties, hot sauces and
more. He has become a favorite on several talk radio shows.

Kent also appears every Friday night on the CSS Sports nite show offering tailgate tips to sports fans across the network which covers 11 states and over 7 mmillion households.

Kent writes a weekly cooking article for several local newspapers, a national magazine and also teaches
cooking classes and demos around the tri-state region. "I am kind of the anti-chef. My
classes are fun and full of energy!" Kent says. Pilot taping has begun for Kent's television
show about food and sports.

Kent also has a published Kids book with Overmountain Press titled Why Are The
Mountains Smoky. He is also a weekly writer for several newspapers and a featured
writer for The National Barbecue News. Kent also combines his love for sports with
writing. "Anytime ya get to talk about great food and NASCAR you should!" Kents newest
book combines his love for people and tailgating with interviews, recipes and stories
from the stockcar racing world. Including drivers, teams, owners, fans and more.

Kent was born in Louisville, Kentucky, raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and now lives with his wife Ally
in East Ridge, Teneessee in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. He is the proud father of a
15-year-old son, Macee, who is a great help with the cooking...and the eating. During
many grilling sessions and overnight smokes you will find Kent near his smoker with a
cold beverage, the game or race on the radio, and his golden retriever, Jake, whose
nickname is "Grill Master Jake," at his side.

"Think about it. Almost every great cookout, barbecue or dinner you remember has
one thing in common besides the food. The people you are with, the stories you tell and
laughter you swap!"

Visit Kent at

Interests: People, Stories, History, Sports & Cooking

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Checkered Flag Cooking
  • Smoke In The Mountains - The Art of Apalachian Barbecue
  • The Tennessee Hometown Cookbook
  • Children's Literature

  • Big Mo's Tennis Ball Hunt
  • Why Are The Mountains Smoky
  • Other

  • The Georgia Hometown Cookbook