Growing up in Dothan, Alabama, Kelsey Barnard Clark knew that food was her future from the get-go. Cooking and baking came naturally to her as a young child while growing up in the Deep South and were pastimes everyone around her could tell she was deeply passionate about. She left the South briefly to attend culinary school but later returned when an opportunity to continue her work at home presented itself. Now, she’s taken the culinary world by storm with her namesake restaurant in Dothan and her win on Bravo’s Top Chef in 2019. She’s become a respected representative of the Southern food scene, and this is a glimpse at her journey.