Executive Chef Eli Kulp continues to raise the bar in a city filled with dynamic and influential young chefs. Chef Kulp currently leads the kitchens of Fork, High Street on Market and a.kitchen and a.bar at AKA Rittenhouse Square.
Adulation for Chef Kulp and his ingredient-driven, beautifully-balanced plates — at all four wildly popular restaurants — has been nothing short of glowing. Food & Wine named Chef Kulp a “Best New Chef, 2014”, while Bon Appetit bestowed the title of “No. 2 Best New Restaurant in America” upon High Street on Market. These well-deserved mentions in two of the country’s most prestigious food magazines, intertwined with a TV appearance on “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” rounded out a memorable year for Chef Kulp, punctuated with The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan naming him “Chef of the Year” in his 2013 “The Year in Bells” round-up. Chef Kulp was also recognized as one of StarChefs’ “Rising Stars of 2013” and Eater.com selected him “Chef of the Year.”
Since taking over at a.kitchen in early 2014, Chef Kulp has impressed at every turn and with every nuance. Philadelphia City Paper’s Adam Erace proclaimed that “the menu is full of small plates with big flavors,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer’s LaBan rated a.kitchen “Three Bells: Excellent.” At High Street on Market, which Chef Kulp and Fork owner Ellen Yin debuted next door to Fork in 2013, the accolades have been similarly spectacular. In his January 2014 review, LaBan called the restaurant “a parade of pleasant surprises,” adding that “it in many ways sets a new Philly standard for what a casual breakfast-through-dinner concept can be…I’m digging in.” Philadelphia Weekly called it “a must-visit for one of the most interesting, accomplished dinners in town,” while Erace gushed that “paired with friendly, well-groomed service, [High Street] was one of my best meals of 2013…Yin and Kulp are a detail-obsessed duo that won’t rest until High Street is the best restaurant in Philadelphia.”