Meet Kelvin Fernandez, an executive chef, Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 chef, and private chef to A-list celebrities, including A-Rod and J.Lo. In this episode, Kelvin and Kelly chat about:

  • What inspired Kelvin to pursue a career in food, dating back to a chance encounter in high school
  • How Kelvin took his classic French training and went back to his Latin roots to define his culinary niche
  • What makes Kelvin’s prize-winning arepas so special and how they led him to the winner’s circle on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay
  • How Kelvin approaches cooking for A-list clients and the most memorable dish he made for A-Rod and J. Lo.

About our Guest

Kelvin Fernandez


Born in New York to Dominican parents, Kelvin Fernandez never dreamed as a kid he’d be a chef. Fernandez made a name for himself as the youngest executive chef ever on New York City’s fine dining scene at the tender age of 22. He was also a runner up on Food Network’s Chopped, Winner on FYI Network’s Man vs. Child and winner on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay. Kelvin was named a Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 chef and is currently a private chef to A-list celebrities, including Alexander Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez.

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