Clearwater, FL raised, Greg Baker set his sights on Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR directly out of high school. Forging partnerships with local farmers for nearly a decade, Greg took these lessons back home to Tampa Bay, FL where he would single handedly change the culinary scene by putting faces to farmers and daringly utilize all aspects of proteins. Greg opened The Refinery with his wife, Michelle, in 2010 in the historic neighborhood of Seminole Heights. His menus incorporate the flavors of the vast countryside’s from across the globe, mixed with classical French technique all the while keeping in mind Florida’s rich cultural history.
Accolades & Publications
- James Beard Foundation Award – Best Chef: South Semi-finalist (2012 -2016), Best New Restaurant Semi-finalist (The Refinery, 2011)
- Southern Living – 100 Best Restaurants in the South (2014)
- Zagat – Best Restaurant (The Refinery – 2012-2014)