Raleigh chef wins prestigious James Beard award
Posted May 5, 2014
Updated May 6, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen was named the best chef in the Southeast by the James Beard Foundation Monday evening.
“Mention the Raleigh food scene to anyone and one name stands out: Ashley Christensen,” the chef is described on the foundation’s website. “This influential chef turned retro-chic on its head at Poole’s Downtown Diner and her three other restaurants, where her thoughtful, ingredient-driven comfort food is at once nostalgic and thoroughly of this moment.”
The honor is often referred to as a the "foodie Oscars." Christensen was a finalist in 2013.