Chef Spencer McMillin began his culinary career in 1983 as a dishwasher in a family-owned Italian restaurant in Franklin, Massachusetts to finance a middle-school exchange program trip to Meaux, France. In 1994, after dropping out of college, Spencer chased his dream of becoming a chef by working as a garde manger cook at Chez Philippe at The Peabody Memphis for French Master Chef José Gutierrez. From there, he went on to run many local Memphis kitchens as chef including: Café Samovar, River Terrace, E.J.’s Brasserie, and The Crescent Club. In 2006 Spencer moved into culinary education, first at Viking Cooking School and then at L’Ecole Culinaire. He is a personal chef for Mike Conley Jr., veteran point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies Basketball team and a culinary consultant for Sysco Memphis.