Innkeepers – Chefs

Chef/Owners Brian & Shanna O'Hea on the front porch of the Kennebunk Inn

Chef/Owners Brian & Shanna O’Hea on the front porch of the Kennebunk Inn

Meeting as students at the Culinary Institute of America, Brian and Shanna O’Hea have owned The Kennebunk Inn since 2003. Their culinary skills were honed in settings ranging from premier hotels (The Four Seasons – New York City, West Palm Beach) to university campuses (M.I.T.), clubs and resorts (Dixie Landing, Grand Floridian, Ocean Reef, Greenwich Country Club), and private residences / estates (New York City, London).

The O’Heas have established themselves as highly rated chefs through The Inn’s restaurant, Academe (consistently named an OpenTable “neighborhood gem”) and appearances on television, as guest chefs on Holland America cruises, at culinary events, and in national magazines, including:

  • Food Network: The Best Thing I Ever Ate
  • Food Network: Beat Bobby Flay
  • Food Network: Chopped
  • Food Network: Rewrapped
  • Travel Channel: Food Paradise
  • KHOU, CBS Houston
  • Fox-23’s “Good Day Maine”
  • WGME, CBS “Good Day Maine”
  • WMTW, ABC – Maine “Morning Menu”
  • WCSH, NBC – Maine “207”
  • Holland America Cruises: Vancouver – Alaska; Quebec City – Boston; Panama Canal; Caribbean
  • Walt Disney World (Orlando) Epcot Food & Wine Festival (2010 – 2016)
  • Sugar Land (Texas) Food & Wine Affair (2006 – 2016)
  • Ocean Reef Food & Wine Festival (Key Largo, Florida)
  • Boca Raton Food & Wine Festival (Boca Raton, Florida)
  • Boca Bacchanal sponsored by Ralph Lauren (Boca Raton, Florida)
  • “A Taste of Excellence” (Athens, Greece)
  • O, The Oprah Magazine
  • Reader’s Digest
  • Down East Magazine