5 Minute Interview: Kevin Sbraga
Chef Kevin Sbraga discovered his passion for food and blending flavors while growing up in his father’s bakery, in his native Willingboro, New Jersey – the place he still calls home.
Educated at the prestigious Johnson & Wales, College of Culinary Arts, Sbraga went on to study with Chef Dominique Michou at the world class L’Alban Chambon Restaurant in the Hotel Metropole. He has worked with world-class chefs including Arnaud Berthelier and Lawrence McFadden, as well as Chef George Perrier and for acclaimed restaurateurs Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, owners of 13 restaurants in Georgia, Stephen Starr and Iron Chef Jose Garces. He also served as Chef de Cuisine for The Grill at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.
Among his many awards and accolades, Sbraga was chosen as a semifinalist at the famed Bocused’Or USA culinary competition.
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Kevin: I am Kevin Sbraga, husband, father, friend, and chef. I enjoy the challenges of balancing life, pleasing my guests is something I throughly enjoy, and I enjoy the creative process in cooking. But at the end of the day I enjoy my family.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world as your role model who would it be and why?
I am not sure there is a “man” that is my role model, but Jesus Christ the son of God is my role model. I look to him and his word in the bible for guidance.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Kevin: I’d like to accomplish opening my own restaurant in a year from now.
Alvin: You’re the winner of”Top Chef D.C.” what an amazing accomplishment. Now that you’ve captured such an honor what lessons will you carry into the kitchen.
Kevin: There are too many lessons to list them all. But one of the major lessons I learned is to not limit myself in my cooking. I’ve learned to cook from my heart and not my head.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Kevin: The largest step to manhood has been the birth of my children.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Kevin: The best advice I was given was to put my family first0