Celebrity Chef Kent Rathbun

You would be hard pressed to find someone whose food journey comes close to that of Chef Rathbun. His fascination with food began at the tender age of 9. When most kids are learning to field a ground ball, he was obsessing over back-of- the- house prep, learning the skills and commitment to excellence that has driven his approach ever since.

He began his professional career as an apprentice at Lo Bonne Auberge, a 5-Start French Restaurant in Kansas City. From there he worked under some of the best chefs in the country with stints at Mr. B’s in New Orleans, Kansas City’s American Restaurant and Milanos, Dallas’ Mansion on Turtle Creek, The Landmark and the Warwick Melrose Hotel.

In 1997 he established Abacus, winning just about every award in sight, including Bon Appetit’s “Best of the Year” and was awarded Four Diamonds by Mobil. Soon after, he added Jaspers to his resume that featured the best of “gourmet backyard cuisine”, and another slew of awards followed. Not content to sit still – anyone whose has been around Kent knows his mind and body are in constant motion – he created a catering operation and his own exclusive line of products, designed for home cooks.

A true Texas legend, Kent is equally well known nationally. From Presidential inaugural balls, to the premier events in football and golf, to network TV appearances with the celebrities of every stripe, Kent is one of the country’s “go-to” chefs when the focus is on great food and great times.

Finally, no one has done more for those in need. Kent and his wife Tracy contribute their time and talent to a number of organizations including the American Cancer Society, march of Dimes, Zoo to Do, The North Texas Food Bank and the American Heart Association.

Celebrity Chef Kent Rathbun

Ramada Inn Downtown

Our hotel is located off I-20, within easy range of the Augusta Riverwalk, several notable attractions, and well-regarded educational institutions that include Augusta University, Augusta State University, and Augusta Law School. Amenities:

  • Banquet Facilities
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Elevators
  • Free WiFi
  • Hairdryer
  • Meeting Room
  • Mobile Check-in
  • Pool - Indoor
  • Restaurant
    • Eagles Nest Rooftop Lounge
    • BJ’s Restaurant

For inquiries on availability or to book your stay, call (800) 966-8258 or email: josette@the1018club.com

Holiday Inn Express Augusta Downtown


Located in the heart of Augusta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Augusta Museum of History, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Augusta Imperial Theatre and James Brown Arena are also within 15 minutes.

Hotel Features

An outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a business center are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free buffet breakfast is provided, as well as free Wi-Fi in public areas, free self-parking, and a free airport shuttle. Other amenities include a meeting room, dry cleaning, and a 24-hour front desk.

Room Amenities

All 117 rooms provide free Wi-Fi and free wired Internet, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves. Guests will also find pillow top beds, rainfall showerheads, and coffee makers.

For inquiries on availability or to book your stay, call (800) 966-8258 or email: josette@the1018club.com

(Net rates including tax)

Partridge Inn Augusta

Included in our rates are daily full breakfast with omelet and waffle station to order, shuttle service all day each day to and from the Augusta National, shuttle to and from the Augusta airport, and nightly turndown service with in-room amenity.

For inquiries on availability or to book your stay, call (800) 966-8258 or email: josette@the1018club.com