Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kurt found a culinary spark cooking southern style dishes, alongside his grandmothers as a child. Since then, he's went on to hone his skills in some of Philadelphia’s most esteemed kitchens. Kurt has now cooked professionally for over 14 years and continues to learn innovative cooking techniques and creative recipes. He also uses his culinary skills to rally a community around ending mass incarceration. Through the EMI dinner series, Kurt is bringing awareness to and garnering solutions for a pressing community issue. Today Kurt is the Culinary Director for Drive Change, an 8-month paid-fellowship for 18-25 year olds, to train them in culinary arts, place them into living wage jobs, and hold hospitality partners accountable to providing a workplace experience that is fair, supportive and equitable.