The son of a career chef, Allen grew up around restaurants and kitchens throughout his childhood in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2005, Allen began his formal culinary training at the Center for the Culinary Arts in Cromwell, Connecticut, where he was awarded his Associate’s degree in the Culinary Arts and Chef Training in 2007.
Throughout his professional career, Allen has gained experience and further his knowledge of different ingredients and cuisines. Since relocating to Charleston, S.C. in 2014, Allen has proven his talent and culinary expertise while helping to open some coveted new concepts, including Wood & Grain and SAVI Cucina + Wine Bar. In 2020, his menus and dishes while Executive Chef at SAVI landed him among the areas top 3 finalists for Best Chef Mount Pleasant.
Today, Allen executes an imaginative culinary program at Miller’s All Day that allows guests to experience the Lowcountry’s most coveted ingredients without pretention. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife, Katie, and their son, Grayson, and the family’s three dogs – especially when they’re playing sports and indulging in Charleston’s restaurant scene.