Chefs and Restaurants

How Disability Taught Eli Kulp Resiliency

Jacqueline Raposo

When you work in hospitality, not being able to go to restaurants is an absence that cuts particularly deep. “It's one of the worst feelings you can have—that you literally can't go somewhere,” says Eli Kulp, culinary director and co-founder of High Street Hospitality Group out of Philadelphia.

Many chefs have mourned this loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Kulp’s referring to other accessibility issues entirely: On May 12, 2015, he was...