Kelsey and Kimberly Jackson are a husband-and-wife team who own and operate two local restaurants, Kelsey & Kim’s Southern Café and Kelsey’s Supper Club in Atlantic City. Both are native to the area, Kelsey, a graduate of Pleasantville High School and Kim, a graduate of Absegami High School. The couple married in June 1992, have four children and three grandchildren.
During Kelsey’s high school years, he worked in a series of local restaurants with humble beginnings, first as a dishwasher then as a busboy before being given the opportunity to master the art of cooking in the casino industry. Kelsey quickly moved up the ranks from apprentice cook to relief cook. He later attended Atlantic Cape Community College’s Culinary Program. In 2015, Chef Kelsey was named Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey.
Kimberly Jackson also attended Atlantic Cape where she earned an associate’s degree in business and a certificate in Baking. Kim worked for over 15 years as an assistant administer of Laborers Local #415 prior to becoming an entrepreneur.
The Jacksons are proud of their more recent vision Kelsey’s, which features a unique dining style where Chef Kelsey and a creative staff offer a refined menu for guests to choose from. The menu is ever-evolving with wonderfully delicious soul food that is seasonally rooted, locally focused and unlimited in its stylistic boundaries. The restaurant features fabulous entertainment ranging from local talent, tri-state area bands and celebrity artists focusing on blues, jazz, neo-soul and R&B.
The duo’s greatest claim to fame is Kelsey & Kim’s Southern Café in Atlantic City. The cafe gained national recognition for its appearance on the Food Network’s hit show “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” with celebrity Chef Guy Fieri.
Chef Kelsey and Kim proudly support their community by giving back to organizations such as: Pleasantville PAL, Atlantic City PAL, Sister Jean’s Kitchen, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Atlantic County Youth Advocate Programs and others. The couple was recently awarded ACIT’s Business Partner of the Year for their support of students in the culinary field.
Both Kelsey and Kim credit their success to hard work, determination and strong family values.
Kelsey & Kim’s Southern Café , 201 Melrose Ave.; Kelsey’s, 1545 Pacific Ave., both in Atlantic City; KelseysAC.com