Key West Food Tours was founded in 2014 to offer visitors of Key West a taste of authentic local culinary experiences while providing historical anecdotes, because, let’s face it, food tastes better when there’s a story behind it!
Here in Key West, food is an art, and art is what we know best. We islanders are known to be laid-back, creative, wacky, & friendly. Well, the chefs are no different.
We provide unique and original local culinary walking tours in a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible manner. Our goal is to create food memories that last a lifetime. By taking visitors off-the-beaten-path, you’ll discover engaging and knowledgeable local guides who are eager to share the most authentic and delicious version of Key West.
Here at Key West Food Tours, our team and tour guides are dedicated to giving you the best experience possible, while filling your bellies up with local favorites. We want to show you what our island has to offer: A rich history with cultural influences, and tasty local food!
Analise Andrews, Owner & Founder
Raised in her Cuban grandmother’s Key West kitchen, and armed with a business degree, Analise Smith pursued a career in the food industry by starting Key West Food Tours in 2014. Combining a love for food with her hometown of Key West, Analise created a 3-hour, highly entertaining narrative weaving the island’s history on a tasting walking tour, visiting five local mom-and-pop restaurants.
Today, Key West Food Tours consistently receives #1 in TripAdvisor’s Food and Drink category for Key West, as well as TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.
Shannon McRae, General Manager
A native Floridian, Shannon was the first to join the KWFT Team. Starting as a guide, she knows the tours and the Key West food scene inside and out. Now she’s helping run the show from behind the scenes, but still takes any opportunity to fill in and lead a tour.
Local fave: Stone Crab claws and key lime mustard!
Shayla Patten, Operations Manager
Rose Chambliss, Guide
Rose may be a New Yorker by birth, but he’s a Florida man at heart. This smooth-talking gentle giant has a soft spot for our Historic Seaport Tour and Cocktail Crawl. Even though he works clear over 40 hours a week at multiple jobs, he will always have time to take you and yours out for a stroll around our beautiful turquoise waters!
Local Fave: Lobster ravioli from Nine One Five
Maxwell Irwin, Guide
Maxwell is one of those few mythical creatures walking among us, (no, not a unicorn) a Key West Conch! Born and raised on local seafood and music, Maxwell spends his spare time playing in bands around the island when he’s not showing our guests around the historical neighborhoods he called his childhood playground.
Local Fave: Conch salad
Dana Calyton, Guide
From one historic port to another, Dana came to us from Charleston, SC. She may be newer to guiding, but that’s only because she’s a physician’s assistant at our local emergency care clinic. Hopefully you’ll only be seeing her on tour, but rest assured you’re in good hands either way!
Local fave: Thirsty Mermaid’s Yellow tail Snapper
Chris Gaskill, Guide
Born in Marathon with a passion for the hospitality industry, Chris grew up helping his mom with work in Key West before going out on the town for dinner after. Love for local cuisine influenced him to attended the Culinary Institute of America in NY, before returning to the FL Keys to be the Sous Chef for Chef Signature Flavoring Catering when he’s not touring with us!
Local fave: Macadamia nut Crusted Mahi with a Coconut Rum Sauce and Papaya Mango Salsa
Breana Sowers, Guide
Originally from Indiana, Breana has been an island girl for 8 years. She works full time as the Archivist for Monroe County in the Florida Keys History Center. Breana loves local history, traveling anywhere, taking in the sunshine, and running by the water at sunset.
Local fave: grouper cheek tacos from Off the Hook or Jerk Wings from Kaya
MajorieElla Krebs, Guide
Hailing from NY/NJ, MajorieElla has made the FL Keys her home going on 11 years and counting. Her passions include the culinary arts, home chefing, and stealing recipes from everyone and everywhere.
Local Fave: Florida Lobster in Truffle Butter from Louie’s Backyard
Sharon Dickinson, Guide
Keila Mendez, Guide
Keila’s love of food may have been what originally brought her here to Key West, but it’s only one of the reasons she decided to stay and make it home! After moving here to help open a Seafood Truck, she discovered Key West’s rich history as well and fell in love with the island. When she’s not working, cooking or checking out the best new restaurants in town, she’s out on the water – she loves paddle boarding, kayaking and cruising out to the sandbars. While on tour she loves to share her love of the island with everyone.
Local fave: Whole fried snapper from El SIboney
Sara Good-Chanmugam, Guide
Sara was born and raised here in Key West to a large restaurant family. She is super passionate about food systems, from growing, to distribution and consumption, and especially with decomposition (composting). When she’s not kayaking, or digging in the local garden, she’s always excited to share some Key West history with her guests!
Local Fave: Goat curry from Pepper Pot Island Cafe