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Festival Dates: Feb 20-23, 2014

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Katie Button


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Chef Katie Button draws much of her inspiration from her varied background and the unusual path she took to get to the position of Executive Chef and an owner of Cúrate. In 2007, Button, a Cornell University graduate with a master's degree from L'Ecole Centrale in Paris, France, was about to start a PhD program in Neuroscience. Instead, she left her career in pursuit of passion, life, and happiness. She sought out a job at a restaurant called Cafe Atlantico/Minibar in Washington DC one of José Andrés' restaurants. Button describes it as fate that brought her to the doorstep of a José Andrés restaurant. It was there that she fell in love with restaurants, food, cooking, and Félix Meana, a service manager from elBulli, Ferran Adrià´s famous restaurant in Spain. After some time working at Jean Georges in New York and then at the Bazaar by José Andrés, she finally made it. Following her brief professional cooking experience, Katie entered a 7 month stage at elBulli. That experience changed her life. She moved to Asheville, North Carolina with her family to focus all of her attention on opening their first restaurant, Cúrate. Since the opening of Cúrate, Chef Button has been featured in numerous national publications. Recently, GQ Magazine named Cúrate one of the "Twelve Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013”. Button has garnered attention. In 2012 & 2013 as a James Beard "Rising Star Chef” semi-finalist, nominated a Food and Wine magazine "People's Choice Best New Chef,” and earned the title "Culinary Master” from Robb Report magazine. Still early in her career, Chef Button focuses time each year to professional development, most recently working in the kitchens of Renee Redzepi's restaurant Noma and Ferran and Albert Adrias' restaurants Tickets and 41? Button will open a second concept, Nightbell, December 2013.

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