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CHARITIES: Matthews Farmers Market, Local Farmers Initiatives
BIO: Celebrity chef Gene Briggs has been a culinary mainstay in the Charlotte area for more than a decade. With over 25 years of experience, Chef Briggs has become a master of his craft. His restaurants Blue and Table are two of Charlotte’s most sought after restaurant reservations and have consistently been ranked as two of the city’s top eateries.
Chef Briggs got his start in the culinary industry in 1979, working in various restaurants located in upstate New York. Here, he honed and perfected his practice of using fresh ingredients to create a variety of dishes that sample cuisines from around the world. This philosophy of only using the freshest ingredients has defined and inspired Chef Briggs’ cooking throughout his career, something that is still evident at his restaurants today.
In 1991, Briggs moved to Charlotte to work at Prisms Restaurant. After getting his start in the Queen City, he spent time working at many of the city’s most well known restaurants. Finally, in 2003, Briggs opened up his own restaurant for the first time, Blue Restaurant & Bar. To no surprise, the establishment quickly gained a reputation as one of Charlotte’s best restaurants.
Serving up a variety of cuisines, Blue’s menu is inspired by Spanish, French, Sicilian, Italian, and Moroccan cuisines. Chef Briggs stays true to his philosophy of only using the freshest ingredients, as he purchases locally, farm grown ingredients. Additionally, Briggs as an advocate of developing a communal relationship between local farmers and his restaurants and uses Blue as a tasty vehicle to display the advantages of such a relationship.
Following the success of Blue Restaurant & Bar, Briggs opened Table Restaurant & Bar in 2006. Table also saw immediate success and firmly planted Briggs among Charlotte’s most sought after chefs. All in all, Chef Brigg’s restaurants have won the “Best in Hot Food” category at Taste of the Nation in 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2008, have been recognized by Zagat as one of “America’s Top Restaurants” and have earned numerous Open Table awards. Brigg’s has also participated in three James Beard Dinners and numerous Chef’s Best Dinners.
Additionally, Chef Gene Briggs gives instructional cooking sessions once a month at his restaurant, Blue. Sessions are available to the public via signup, and each month Briggs focuses one utilizing one, fresh ingredient. Celebrity Chef Gene Briggs is available for speaking engagements, endorsements, and cooking demonstrations.
WHO REPRESENTS GENE BRIGGS: Celebrity Chef Gene Briggs can be hired for endorsements and events in roles such as culinary consultant, event planner, public speaker, autograph signings, cooking demonstrations, hosting, Mommy Blogger events, SMTS, public relation campaigns, team building events and corporate hospitality.