Brannon grew up in Columbus watching cooking shows on PBS (before The Food Network existed) with his uncle and grandmother. As an active member in the family kitchen, he developed a love for great food and fine cooking. And, as he got older his passion grew even stronger and ultimately determined the direction of his career.
Brannon graduated from the Graham School in Columbus in 2005. As part of his learning experience there, he took a high school internship at Benevolence Café (a made-from-scratch vegetarian café). He did so well that the internship led to his first professional position immediately after graduation.
Since then, he has worked at several notable Columbus-area restaurants including La Chatelaine, a family-owned French bakery and bistro; Northstar Café which features locally grown, organic and artisan-produced foods; Eddie Merlot's, an upscale American steakhouse; and The Rossi, a casual supper club style restaurant. Most recently, he worked as the Chef of Katalina's Café which serves homemade food that is Latin-leaning and Southern-slanted.
Brannon spends much of his free time watching cooking shows, listening to food podcasts, and reading cook books. With his home, his wife, Jessica, and his two dogs, Apollo and Juniper, now in Lancaster, he is delighted to bring his passion and experience to The Lodge.