Chef Brad Kilgore: Founder, Kilgore Culinary

Chef Brad Kilgore recently introduced his new hospitality group, Kilgore Culinary, which includes chef-driven American restaurant, Alter, and will soon be joined by two new concepts: Kaido —an Asian and Japanese-inspired cocktail lounge —and Ember — a new American grille focusing on wood-fired dishes. Chef Brad worked at world-renowned restaurant Alinea, in Chicago, before leaving to open L2o under chef Laurent Gras, then went on to be executive sous chef at EPIC. Brad set his sights on Miami and famed restaurant Azul in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. During his tenure, Azul was awarded 5 Stars from Forbes Travel Guide. From there, Chef Kilgore moved on to the St. Regis Bal Harbour as executive chef under Jean George Vongerichten at J&G Grill, where Kilgore and his team were given 4 Stars from the Miami Herald, the only restaurant that year to achieve such status.

What do you love most about Your City?

I love how Miami is growing so rapidly and the creative community that it is ever evolving, you have galleries, music, and of course, food and beverage.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Ham and Cheese Empanadas. I recently found a neighbor on the edge of Wynwood called Pandoree that does a great job, their croquet monsieur and quiche are good too.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping...or Going to sleep ;)

10:00 AM – Coffee and Emails

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

Dr Smood for either a Turkey Pesto Sandwich or the Vegan Spicy Eggplant with a Power Juice of Turmeric and Orange.

7:00 PM - Getting Ready for dinner service, water only during service

11:00 PM – Saying goodnight to guests in the dining room at Alter, maybe greeting other new ones/friends at

BarAlter that have just arrived for a cocktail.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Unsweetened Double Espressos, learned to drink them in my teens when I was cooking in Italy. I have anywhere from 1-4 per day.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Insta, favorite... Madlab Creamery

What should everyone try at least once?


Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Other Countries, especially Japan and specifically the underground and hidden Izakayas under the overpasses.