Industry Update
Appointment30 November 2017

Kevin Nicholls

Appointed Executive Chef
At The Fontaine in Kansas City - MS, USA

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Kevin NichollsAs part of its rebranding and redesign, The Fontaine announces the strategic appointment of Kevin Nicholls to executive chef. Kansas City born and raised, and with an impressive international pedigree having worked in the kitchen at the five-star Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Chef Nicholls brings a worldly perspective to The Fontaine’s culinary program along with his unmatched passion and enthusiasm for food with local soul. In his new role, Chef Nicholls is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the food & beverage program at the 132-room boutique hotel in addition to launching Parker, The Fontaine’s new rooftop dining experience. After earning his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Apprenticeship from Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, Chef Nicholls moved to Dubai to become junior sous chef at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Working in this upscale kitchen with multinational chefs, Chef Nicholls opened his eyes and mouth to new cultures and the flavors of Indian cuisine, which helped shape his distinct culinary style and strengthen his ambition. Chef Nicholls’ career then brought him back stateside to San Francisco where he worked with two highly acclaimed chefs who further influenced his philosophy of culinary excellence – Chef Russell Jackson who achieved notoriety for his radical underground supper club, SubCulture Dining, and Chef Srijith Gopinathan at the two Michelin-starred Taj Campton Place Restaurant focused on Californian-Indian cuisine. Coming full circle, Chef Nicholls returned to Kansas City after nearly three years of honing his craft away from home. He served as executive chef of several restaurants in Greater Kansas City where he forged close relationships with local artisans, purveyors and farmers. Set to open December 2017, Parker will lend itself to elevated social dining, serving a progressive take on new American classics infused with local essence. Refreshingly modern, the design of Parker will pay tribute to the City of Fountains at night with a color palette of cool grays and deep blues accented with pops of olive green and copper in subtle reference to the more urban elements of Kansas City’s architecture.
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