Chef Robert Allen is a San Antonio, Texas, native who moved to Lenoir City in June to become corporate chef at Citico’s Restaurant & Club at WindRiver Lakefront Golf Community, Lenoir City.
He garnered his first local honor in November by winning the March of Dimes Signature Chefs competition with his Cuban Sandwich Cigar. It’s a dish he learned to make while working for Escondido Golf and Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.
The Le Cordon Bleu of Austin, Texas, graduate has a passion for cooking and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. Following graduation from culinary school he joined the advisory board of the Austin school where he worked directly with students.
“With every new class that started I would do a demonstration for them and help them acclimate to the culinary school life and give them advice, answer questions and help as much as I could,” he said.
He has also taught culinary classes through the University of Tennessee’s Professional and Personal Development Program.