After working as the Pastry Chef overseeing all of the pastry programs within the BRG Hospitality Group, Kelly Fields fulfilled her dream of opening Willa Jean, a Southern bakery and restaurant in 2015. Willa Jean has received local and national recognition, such as Travel + Leisure’s list of its favorite bakeries around the world. Fields has also earned significant praise in Bon Appetite, National Geographic, Southern Living and many others. She was nominated for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2017, and was a semifinalist in 2015 and 2016. In addition to her role at Willa Jean, in June 2017 Fields launched the “Yes Ma’am Foundation” to inspire, encourage, and mentor the next generation of women in hospitality.