Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant - Biography

Orlando, FL

July 2013

A native of New York City, Chef Kevin Fonzo received his culinary training starting at the young age of fifteen while working in a country inn in upstate New York. He furthered his education at “The Culinary Institute of America” in Hyde Park, New York, graduating with honors, and interning in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina at the site of the Heritage Golf Classic.

Following graduation, Kevin landed a job as part of the opening team at The Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida. At twenty one years of age, Kevin became one of the youngest managers in Peabody history to run their own outlet. After a six year tenure at the Peabody Orlando, Kevin was scouted by Bob Amick of the “Peasant Restaurant Group” in Atlanta, Georgia to bring the “Chef” title back to their restaurants. Knowing Orlando was “home” for Kevin, he returned after seven years in Atlanta. Falling in love with the restaurant and area, Kevin bought Allegre in 2001 and changed the name to K Restaurant and Wine Bar. It became one of Orlando’s first “Chef owned and operated” restaurants that Kevin used as a platform for showcasing local ingredients and a daily changing menu.

In 2007 Kevin and the Fonzo family purchased his second restaurant in College Park called Nonna Trattoria ed Enoteca where his younger brother, Gregory, was at the helm. In February of 2010 Kevin decided to merge his two restaurants allowing for him to focus completely on his work at his premier restaurant.