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 Whitaker 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 WGOW talk radio shows.
Kent Whitaker writes a weekly cooking article
for several local newspapers and also teaches classes at a
Chattanooga-area culinary school. “I am kind of the anti-chef. My
classes are fun and full of energy!” Kent says. Pilot taping has begun
for Kent Whitaker’s television show centered around food and sports.
Kent Whitaker is membership director for the
Chattanooga-area PBS station. He previously worked as marketing and
promotions director for Nevada Bob’s Golf and was owner of Tri State
Golf News. Kent also dove head first into the telecom industry working
in marketing a startup phone company.
was born in Louisville, Kentucky, raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and
now lives in north Georgia in the foothills of the Appalachian
Mountains. He is the proud father of a 13-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 Whitaker
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.