Clearwater, FL raised, Greg Baker set his sights on Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR directly out of high school. Forging partnerships with local farmers for nearly a decade, Greg took these lessons back home to Tampa Bay, FL where he would single-handedly change the culinary scene by putting faces to farmers and daringly utilize all aspects of proteins. Greg opened The Refinery with his wife, Michelle, in 2010 in the historic neighborhood of Seminole Heights. His menus incorporate the flavors of the vast countryside’s from across the globe, mixed with classical French technique all the while keeping in mind Florida’s rich cultural history.
Southern Living named The Refinery Best 100 Restaurants in the South 2014. Zagat rated The Refinery ‘Best Restaurant’ 2012 – 2014. The James Beard Foundation named The Refinery as a semifinalist Best New Restaurant in 2011 and named Greg a semi-finalist for Best Chef South in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Accolades & Publications
- James Beard Foundation – Best Chef: South semifinalist (2012 -2016), Best New Restaurant semifinalist (The Refinery, 2011)
- Southern Living – 100 Best Restaurants in the South (The Refinery, 2014)
- Zagat – Best Restaurant (The Refinery, 2012-2014)