Chef Greg Baker

Representing Tampa, FL

Serving Maple Leaf Farms Duck SPAM: Duck Pate with Spicy Fig Remoulade

Greg Baker takes every opportunity to cultivate a new food climate in his beloved Tampa Bay. In 2010, Greg opened The Refinery with his wife, Michelle, in Tampa’s historic neighborhood of Seminole Heights. His ever-changing menus incorporate flavors from across the globe and classical French technique, while keeping in mind Florida’s rich history, and has a commitment to resurrecting nearly lost Florida ingredients and cooking techniques. The Refinery was a James Beard semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant in 2011, and Greg was a James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef: South in 2012, 2013, and 2014.  This is Greg's second year representing Tampa Bay Downs at Taste of Derby.