Self-taught Creole chef Kevin Belton, whose family ancestry is a gumbo of English, French, Native American and African, began cooking under the watchful eye of his mother and grandmother in his native New Orleans.
Cooking instruction is second nature for Belton, who has spent the last 20 years teaching at the New Orleans School of Cooking. In addition to the almost 7,000 lessons he has led at the school, Belton has also offered classes and cooking demonstrations throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has been featured on numerous food programs, including Emeril Live, Ready Set Cook, Live Love Lunch, Food Fighters, Taste of America, and Eating in the Bayou. In 1999, he and British celebrity chef Kevin Woodford co-hosted the BBC series Big Kevin, Little Kevin, which aired in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The companion cookbook Big Kevin, Little Kevin-Over 120 Recipes from around Britain and America by TV's Odd Couple, was published by Ebury Press.In 2014, Belton began his stint as the resident chef for the CBS affiliate WWL’s morning show, where he appears in the “Today's Special” segments. That same year, he was recognized as one of the top 20 Louisiana chefs. And in 2018, Belton was also named a Culinary Legend by the American Culinary Federation.