Cullen Kent was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. He received a B.A. in political science from Rhodes College in Memphis.
Following college Cullen worked at the Mobile four-star restaurant, Brennan’s of Houston. He then moved to France and attended the famous Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Cullen graduated with the Grande Diplome de Cuisine et de Patisserie with top honors.
Cullen worked at Restaurant Apicius (Michelin two-star) under chef Jean-Pierre Vigato. Returning to Memphis, Cullen worked under French Master Chef José Gutierrez at Chez Philippe (Mobile four-star) in the Peabody Hotel.
Cullen left Chez Philippe to take over as Chef de Cuisine at La Tourelle, Memphis’ oldest fine dining restaurant, which received 3+ star ratings from the Commercial Appeal and Memphis Magazine. As chef, and in 2007 as owner, at Café Society his French Country-style cooking has been featured in Memphis Magazine, USA Today and various other local media.