By Lynn Jones – Food lovers interested in diverse cuisine lined up at the door for admittance to Chef Kenny Gilbert’s signing for his new cookbook, ‘Southern Cooking, Global Flavors.’ Held inside Gilbert’s Springfield Silkie’s Chicken and Champagne Bar restaurant, the celebrity chef shared details of his Ohio upbringing, his rise to chefdom, rise in the culinary field, celebrity clients, career development and travels around the world gathering ingredients for his cookbook recipes. Complimentary cocktails, bites and tapas were on the menu as guests asked questions pertaining to his career and success. “My main issue is for patrons to support local restaurants,” said Gilbert. To purchase the ‘Southern Cooking, Global Flavors’ cookbook visit www.sanmarcobooksandmore.com. For more on Kenny Gilbert visit: www.meetatsilkies.com.