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Chattanooga, TN (July 11, 2018) The Edwin Hotel has appointed Kevin Korman as Executive Chef of the forthcoming restaurants Whitebird and Whiskey Thief (102 Walnut Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee).  The highly anticipated addition to Chattanooga’s downtown neighborhood will debut in late summer 2018.

“My food is influenced by my adopted city of Chattanooga, and will showcase the heritage and hospitality of the Tennessee River Valley,” says Kevin Korman, Executive Chef of The Edwin’s Whitebird and Whiskey Thief. “Our region is thriving with local growers and purveyors.  I’m looking forward to sharing my take on elevated Southern cuisine, blending fine dining, casual cooking and modern day techniques, with our guests.”

Korman brings over 16 years of culinary experience and love of food to The Edwin.  Most recently, Korman served as executive chef and owner of Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar, a modern American seafood restaurant located in Inlet Beach, Florida.  

A Baltimore, Maryland native, Korman studied classic French techniques, earning a culinary degree at Baltimore International College, and began his esteemed career working under the watchful eye of Rudolph Speckamp, one of the few certified master chefs in the United States. Korman then held several positions managing and training those around him, and continued to advance his skills and techniques at award-winning restaurants and premier organizations including The Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Eatonton, GA, and the Lincoln Culinary Institute.

Prior to founding Roselie Dining & Seafood, Korman served as the executive chef of Santoni’s Marketplace & Catering Company, managing more than 70 employees in one of the area’s most respected kitchens, and further refined his skills overseeing multple food & beverage offerings in the luxury seaside town of Alys Beach, Florida. 

“The rich identity of the region, the cultural individuality, and the connection to the modern south will influence both Whitebird and Whiskey Thief - from the design of the restaurant to the menu,” adds Greg Bradley, General Manager of The Edwin. “We are excited to introduce Kevin and his team’s cooking to visitors and locals.  We are debuting a completely new dining and drinking concept in the city, while celebrating the spirit of Chattanooga.”

Korman recently relocated to Chattanooga with his family where he is embracing locally-sourced meats, produce, and products, showcasing his love of the regional cuisine throughout the Tennessee River Valley.    

Whitebird will offer a main dining room, intimate bar, and private dining area, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while Whiskey Thief will offer craft cocktails and light bites as the city’s only rooftop bar.

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About The Edwin

Opening summer 2018, The Edwin is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the Bluff View Art District of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Designed by architect PV Designs, Inc. with interiors by the Chicago-based Gettys Group Inc., the property features upscale décor throughout its 90 rooms, including river-facing rooms and suites with views of the Walnut Street Bridge.  The Edwin also boasts a locally-inspired ground floor Whitebird restaurant and Whiskey Thief rooftop bar, with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the Tennessee River, as well as Provisions, a market featuring regional goods and snacks, and Ama spa. The hotel’s name celebrates Edwin Thatcher, who led the development of the iconic Walnut Street Bridge in 1891, and seeks to honor this enduring landmark by introducing guests to the stylish, Southern culture of the region. Connect with The Edwin Hotel at or follow the property on Facebook and Instagram.

Contact: Baltz & Co.

About Vision Hospitality Group

Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. is a leading hotel management and development company that was formed by President & CEO Mitch Patel in 1997. Committed to its Vision Values, Vision Hospitality Group is still family-owned and -operated today, and boasts a hotel portfolio of 30 premium-select and full-service hotels affiliated with Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental brands. To learn more about Vision Hospitality Group, visit

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