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Atlanta — Kevin Rathbun, Rathbun's
Rathbun started his career as a dishwasher, in a kitchen in Kansas. He eventually worked his way up to cooking with fellow celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Stephen Pyles. In a 2008 episode of "Iron Chef America," Rathbun and his brother Kent defeated Bobby Flay in an elk-cooking challenge. Rathbun now operates four restaurants in Atlanta, including Rathbun's.