Growing up in sports, Adam Pouncey didn’t see his future including a career in the culinary world. It wasn’t until he threw his arm out playing baseball in college that he discovered his love of cooking.
“I found a Weber grill for $5 at a place called Dirt Cheap, and just started cooking. My roommate and I would experiment with different recipes. I loved it, so I decided to go to culinary school.”
Adam, who is from Montgomery, enrolled in culinary school at Trenholm State. He spent three years working at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club before moving to Birmingham, where he completed his culinary studies at Jeff State and worked at Inverness Country Club. After a few years, he joined the team at Ocean, an award-winning seafood restaurant in downtown Birmingham.
“One of my favorite experiences in the restaurant was when George Reis decided to develop a whole new concept, which is now 5 Point Public House and Oyster Bar,” Adam said. “I helped build that restaurant – developing the menu, reupholstering chairs, construction, wiring, everything. It was awesome to be a part of building a restaurant from the ground up.”
In 2015, Adam took a step back from the restaurant scene as he became a father. He worked as a sous chef at another retirement community in the Birmingham area, then worked at Greystone Country Club for five years before coming to Kirkwood.
“I love working at Kirkwood,” Adam said. “Kirkwood is like a country club without the golf course. My background suites my role here.”
When Adam is out of the kitchen, he enjoys spending time with his son Reid (7), his daughter Finnley (3), and his wife Bailey on their 52-acre farm in Pell City.
When asked his favorite thing to cook, Adam went back to his roots. “I really like working with barbecue. But I also love sauces – experimenting with different sauces, coming up with new recipes. There is so much you can do with a sauce that will change the concept of a dish.”
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