As the Executive Chef of Oak steakhouse in Charlotte, NC, Travis Kirkley spearheads menu development, oversees day-to-day culinary operations and team management. Since joining the Indigo Road Hospitality Group family in June 2017, Kirkley has led the kitchens at sister restaurants Oak and Colletta in Alpharetta GA’s Avalon development and continues to grow in his role.
Pursuing a career in the hospitality industry wasn’t always what Kirkley had in mind – however, once he stepped foot in a kitchen about ten years ago, his plans changed. He realized his passion for not just cooking, but also the camaraderie that comes with being part of a restaurant family.
Kirkley believes you can always be inspired by those around you, fueling his dedication to enhancing every dish – both classic and modern – with a personal touch. Putting new roots down in Charlotte, NC., he continues to immerse himself in Southern hospitality and looks to translate that into his craft. In his down time, Kirkley enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and of course, cooking at home.