Kevin Hickey was born and raised in Chicago on the south side’s iconic neighborhood, Bridgeport. His family has been a part of the Bridgeport business and social community for over five generations. He began his professional career in the restaurant business while a high school student at De La Salle. This led to an over 30 year career that truly began to take shape when he began working for Four Seasons hotels and resorts in Beverly Hills and eventually Dublin, London and Atlanta before coming back to his native Chicago in 2004. First at The Ritz Carlton Hotel as Executive Chef and eventually the Four Seasons Chicago where he led his team to two consecutive Michelin Stars and AAA Five Diamond status with Seasons, and eventually opening the much lauded Allium.
In 2014, Chef Hickey, partnered with Rockit Ranch Productions and opened Bottlefork; a concept that offers locally sourced and globally inspired cuisine & cocktails and displays Chef Hickey’s penchant for big, bold flavors showcased in modern interpretations of both familiar and new American dishes. Continuing Chef Hickey’s farm-to-table philosophy, Bottlefork features key collaborations with local Midwestern brewers & Distillers, farmers and more. Bottlefork has received numerous awards and accolades including been named one of the “Best New Restaurants of 2014” by Travel + Leisure.
Chef Hickey’s highly anticipated Bridgeport venture The Duck Inn opened in 2014. The Duck Inn, a neighborhood Tavern and Dining Room that is housed in a pre-prohibition era tavern that has continuously operated for almost a century, showcases Chef Hickey’s signature ingredient and seasonally driven modern American cuisine as well as an extensive beverage program filled with craft beers, contemporary cocktails and creative wine service.
In November 2015, The Duck Inn was named as one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire Magazine, awarded a coveted Bib Gourmand by Michelin inspectors, named to the Top 10 restaurants in America by USA Today and chosen as Restaurant of the Year by Eater Chicago. The Chicago Tribune named Hickey, Chef of The Year for 2015.
Kevin Hickey lives in Bridgeport with his family on the street he grew up on.
Chef Hickey is also actively involved in several philanthropic organizations including Global Act, Growing Power and Common Threads.