Kenny Burnap grew up in Ringgold, Georgia, and was taught an important lesson by his grandparents.
"They introduced me to gardening - flowers, vegetables and fruits - at an early age," he says, adding that they also taught him to appreciate foods, such as blackberries, paw paws and muscadines, that he could find by foraging through nearby forests. Add to this a grandmother who loved to cook, pickled the foods from her garden and made lip-smacking jams, it's little wonder that Burnap would pursue a culinary career.
"I loved helping my grandmother cook and helped her often in the kitchen," he says. "Also, watching public television cooking shows were uniquely exciting to me as a kid.