Kelly English

Kelly English


About Kelly English

Hospitable as he is talented, Chef English is eager to share his passion for culinary craft, unique cocktails and college football with each and every guest he meets. And he’s no stranger to hard work. English studied pre-law at the University of Mississippi, paying his way through college as a cook in local kitchens. The experience inspired him to shift tracks entirely and pursue his passion for food at the Culinary Institute of America, where in addition to studying abroad in France and Spain, English graduated at the top of his class in 2004. 2009 Food & Wine magazine “Best New Chef” Kelly English is executive chef/owner of acclaimed Restaurant Iris and The Second Line in Memphis. By virtue of his steadfast approach to contemporary southern cuisine, deeply rooted in his Louisiana upbringing and heavily influenced by his travels around the globe, Chef English has earned his position as one of the most recognized culinary names in the South.

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Cold weather gumbo
$$, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Cajun / Creole, Midtown
"Cold weather gumbo deal! Any day the temperature outside goes below 40° at any point of the day cups of gumbo are half price when you eat at @secondlinememphis starting today. And as always, any day you see snow on the ground you get a shot on the house if you wear your pajamas in and ask for a pajama shot. Come eat."
At my venues
Iris Burger
$$$, Outdoor Seating, French, American, New American, Midtown
"For #nationalcheeseburgerday: beef and truffle patty with chanterelle and oyster mushrooms, manchego, arugula, smoked aioli, hot pickles, and a house made bun. $20 at the bar and $5 of that goes to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to help feed those from Hurricane Florence that need a meal. Tonight only!"
At my venues