Richard Grenamyer was born in Freeport, Long Island, New York in 1948 and grew up in his family restaurant, The Kismet Inn, on Fire Island. He started washing dishes there at age 12 and began cooking in the restaurant at age 15. At 24 he was running the restaurant.
In the early 90’s he was the executive chef of Sterling’s Flamingo Café in Jacksonville, Florida, and in 1993 he became the chef at the Governors Club in Tallahassee, Florida where Great Chefs caught up with him to tape the Great Chefs of the South and Great Chefs of America series for the Discovery Channel. In 2003 he opened his seventh restaurant, the Blue Fish Restaurant & Oyster Bar in Memphis, Tennessee. He closed that in 2014 to become the General Manager of Foxland Golf & Country Club in Gallatin, Tennessee.