Chef Eric Gephart is the Director of Culinary Inspiration for Kamado Joe Ceramic Grills. Working in restaurants while attending college, Chef Eric developed an interest and a passion for cooking. After graduating from UNC Wilmington with a degree in literature, Chef Eric pursued his culinary passion, graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Post grad, he migrated south.
Over the years, Chef Eric opened and operated two separate restaurants along the eastern North Carolina coast and racked up several Top Chef of Wilmington awards from 2008-2010.
Chef Eric has spent time in distinguished kitchens from New York City to New Zealand to Naples, Florida. His education and extensive experience eventually lead to an opportunity for him to help open The Chef’s Academy in Morrisville. This has quickly grown to be a notable culinary school in the Triangle area of North Carolina, offering education to those wishing to pursue a career in the culinary arts or pastry arts fields.
In addition to his many culinary awards and accomplishments, the theme consistent with Chef Eric is his passion for culinary education and community involvement. Chef Eric finds himself “constantly inspired” with kamado style of cooking and menu ideas and travels the world celebrating the Kamado Joe lifestyle and building meaningful relationships with kamado cooking enthusiasts.