Executive chef Travis Kirkley joined the Indigo Road Hospitality Group family in June 2017 at Colletta – neighbor to Oak Steakhouse in Alpharetta, Ga.’s Avalon development. Once he transitioned to Oak Steakhouse, he worked as sous chef until being promoted to executive chef, now spearheading menu development and overseeing day-to-day culinary operations for the local favorite.
Pursuing a career in the hospitality industry wasn’t always what Kirkley had in mind – however, once he stepped foot in a kitchen about 10 years ago, his plans changed. Following time at Atlanta staple Ted’s Montana Grill and North Georgia’s Montaluce Winery, 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. Born and raised in Cumming, Ga., he continues to immerse himself in the Southern hospitality of his hometown, living there today. In his down time, he enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and of course, cooking at home.