Raleigh, N.C. — Ashley Christensen, the brains behind a cluster of Raleigh restaurants that celebrate Southern cooking in new ways, added a new honor this week when she was named to the Rolling Stone list of "Rock Star Chefs of 2016."
Christensen started her empire with Poole's Diner, which opened in 2007 and is widely lauded for its rich macaroni and cheese. She has since added hot spots Beasley's Chicken + Honey, Fox Liquor Bar, Chuck's burgers and Death & Taxes.
She was named the best chef in the Southeast by the James Beard Foundation in 2014 and has been a finalist for the honor multiple times. Death & Taxes was one of Southern Living's "best new restaurants in the south" just this past summer and was a Food & Wine top 10 most exciting places to dine.
Rolling Stone wrote that Christensen's New South recipes are "all executed with her signature combination of good humor and razor-sharp instincts."