Growing up in Watts, Keith Corbin learned to cook from his grandmother. As a young adult, Corbin didn’t get the chance to build a career as life got the best of him and ended up spending 10 years in prison. After some setbacks due to his record, he was hired at Locol Watts, where within six months, he was the research and development chef of the restaurant and the director of operations. The owners of Locol, Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi, were very impressed with Corbin and gave him opportunities to work at their fine dining restaurants to get hands on experience on culinary development. This led to them partnering with Corbin to open Alta Adams, where Corbin is currently the executive chef. He is opening a restaurant, Louella’s Cali Soul, in early 2020 and will remain executive chef at Alta Adams.