Kevin Shinn is the chef and owner of bread & cup, a small restaurant in Lincoln,NE that is already making its presence known in the Midwest. His belief that outstanding food is created for one purpose, and one purpose only, which is to make people happy, has allowed bread & cup to establish itself as thriving culinary destination in the midst of a down economy.
Being a restaurateur, however, has not been his long term vocation. It was only in 2005 that he decided to leave an 18 year career in collegiate ministry to pursue the dream of opening what he envisioned as “an outstanding environment for conversation and reflection.” Fearing he would someday regret not taking the risk, he and his wife Karen put all their chips on the table and went “all in” on the entrepreneurial venture. He had no idea of the hardships they would face along the way, but then again, neither did he know how rewarding it would be to see a full house of people on a Friday night enjoying his food and the environment he created for them.
His formal education includes a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma, and a Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Seminary in Mill Valley, California. But he admits that some of his most important education happened on a 26 acre country farm inNortheast Oklahoma, where he learned the Midwestern values of honesty and hard work from parents that displayed that ethic as a way of life.