Chef Steven Lingenfelter is a native of Louisville and started his culinary dream at the tender age of 9. He acquired his degree at a university of culinary arts in New England and has held positions at several prominent Atlanta restaurants such as Spotter Trotter, Veni Vedi Vici, Alluvia at The Cheetah Lounge and Antica Posta.
In 2009, he started a rogue underground food company to avoid getting burnt out from the industry completely — so he began making his favorite foods from scratch and gained a cult following. Four years later, Lingenfelter’s ingenuity led him to reinvent classics at Illegal Food. Since launching in April 2013, Illegal Food has garnered praise from Zagat and Business Insider for Best Burger in Georgia, as well as attention from publications like The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Serious Eats and Thrillist.
Illegal Food was the People’s Choice Award Winner for Taste Old Fourth Ward in May of 2014. Its Okonomiyaki-style fries were featured on ABC’s "Good Morning America" as one of the country's "craziest" fries. After outgrowing his resident pop-up in August 2013, Lingenfelter recently found a new opportunity to expand his creations, which is something his 9,000-plus Facebook fans would appreciate. And this past July, the Food Network came out to film the impressive Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich.