Kevin J. Phillips was born in Cape St. George, on the Port au Port Peninsula, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the mid-1950s. He served over thirty-three years in the Regular Force and retired in 2010 as a master warrant officer. In the military he was trained as a signals operator. On retirement, Kevin decided to pursue his passion for cooking. He is a regular culinary contributor to the Royal Canadian Naval Association newsletter the Yardarm, and he has two major cooking-related projects in the planning stage. Kevin is married to Rena (née Cornect). They have one daughter, Shauna-Dae, who is a family physician working in Toronto.