Greg Baker

The Refinery and Fooder & Shine, Tampa, FL

Florida-raised Chef Greg Bakerattended the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR directly out of high school. Upon graduation, Baker forged partnerships with local farmers for nearly a decade before taking lessons he had learned from them back home to Tampa Bay where he single-handedly changed the culinary scene by putting faces to farmers and daringly using all aspects of proteins. To do this successfully, he was forced to change his menu every week. He now boasts thousands of food fans that travel from all over to enjoy his creations. Baker opened The Refinery in 2010 with his menus incorporating the flavors of the vast country sides from across the globe, mixed with classical French technique – all while keeping Florida’s rich cultural history in mind. Both The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Bay Times consider The Refinery one of the most prized restaurants of Tampa Bay. Chef Baker and The Refinery have been named in Bon Appetit, Southern Living, Conde Nast Traveler,, Esquire Magazine, New York Magazine, The Local Palate, USA Today, The Washington Post, Edible Tampa Bay and Garden & Gun Magazine as well as countless local and national online and weekly publications. Southern Living Magazine named The Refinery Best 100 Restaurants in the South 2014. Celebrity Chef Mario Batali included Chef Baker in his most recent cookbook; America: Farm to Table, for his work with local pig farmers. Zagat rated The Refinery ‘Best Restaurant’ 2012 - 2014. The James Beard Foundation named The Refinery as a semi-finalist Best New Restaurant in 2011 and named Baker a semi-finalist for Best Chef South in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.