Gabriel Spenser Final

Gabriel Spenser

Sous Chef

Chef Gabriel Spenser is responsible for daily kitchen operations including ordering, managing inventory, and overseeing food quality. Chef Spenser came to the convention center from the University of Tennessee Culinary Program where received his certification. He has been a cook with Knoxville Convention Center for 3 years and his dedication and hard work has elevated him to the rank of Sous Chef. Before attending UT’s Culinary Program, Spenser was a stay at home father who cared for his daughter.  Although Chef Spenser is very passionate about his career, his family always comes first. He has been married to his wonderful wife Samantha for 26 years, and they have an amazing 25 year old daughter Elizabeth. Chef Spenser craft and creativity are truly unmatched and will surely propel him to great things in the future.


Phone: (865) 215-6032
Mobile: (865)-660-8448



701 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37902


How long have you lived in Knoxville?

I have lived in Knoxville for 10 years.

What is your favorite activity to do in Knoxville?

I love going to Ice Bears game, and I really enjoy having a hockey team in the city.

What is your favorite location in Knoxville?

My favorite location in Knoxville is my home and being with my family.

What do you think sets Knoxville apart as a great city to visit?

I think the diversity really sets us apart. The city of Knoxville is growing constantly; you can see it in the people around you as well as the food and the variety of events that you can attend.

What is your favorite part about working at the Knoxville Convention Center?

We are different from other convention centers in that we serve some of our meals using a method (known as “dish out”) where we systematically send out plates to diners in a high speed service manner. This process is one of my favorite things to participate in at Knoxville Convention Center. It is truly an impressive sight.