Kyle Pafford serves as Executive Chef at Atlantic Shores Retirement Community. In his position, Kyle works alongside Atlantic Shores Food and Beverage Director Eric Doarnberger, and the community’s award-winning culinary team to fuse his nutritional background and creative culinary flair in creating flavorful, savory/sweet dishes, as well as vegan, vegetarian and raw cuisine.
Known for his innovative, healthy dishes that push the envelope of flavor using fresh, organic ingredients, his career includes positions at top spas and retreats across the country, and culinary experiences from around the world.
Most recently, Chef Pafford served as Executive Sous Chef at Pisgah Inn, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, where he created innovative seasonal menus and daily specials utilizing fresh products from local farms. Prior to that, he served as Executive Chef at The Pearl Laguna, an intimate wellness retreat in Laguna Beach, California, where he catered to guests with specific nutrient requests, specializing in fine-dining vegan and vegetarian entrees.
He has also produced his own yogurts and fermented vegetables, and shared his expertise in organic cooking classes and “Pop Up Farm to Fork dinners” featuring farm produce and meats.
He even had a stint as Cheesemaker at Goodale Farms, where he created a series of seasonal cheeses. Working alongside renowned chef Dan Barber, Kyle also worked from the greenhouse to the kitchen to create seasonal masterpieces at Blue Hill, within the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York.
Originally a passionate hobby he shared with his family and friends, cooking naturally evolved into a full-time career for Kyle, launched after obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University.
Through his training and travels, Kyle learned to prepare food with a healthy ‘less, is more’ style — letting the food speak for itself instead of covering it up with multiple ingredients. He enjoys uses fresh, in-season products that also help support local farmers.
At Atlantic Shores, Chef Pafford continues to experiment with a variety of different cooking styles, using fresh, local ingredients to creative simple, upscale offerings. He also enjoys working alongside our very positive, seasoned culinary team, and collaborating with our residents to create entrees and catered meals that bring smiles to everyone’s faces.
Chef Pafford’s style and personality shine during monthly resident Chefs Table events, where he creates a three-course meal personally prepared in front of guests, paired with specialty wines chosen by a Sommelier. He also shares his creative recipes and thoughts on the culinary creative process with the world as contributing blogger on the popular WHRO/PBS “Let’s Eat” blog.