Ramona Young, owner of Kente Kitchen, brings West African fare to Asheville.

Quick dish: Q+A with Ramona Young of Kente Kitchen

After living in Charlotte for more than 20 years, Ramona Young, owner of the Kente Kitchen and program coordinator for the Eagle Streets Market Development Corp., found herself starting over in Asheville. That change steered her from a corporate career path into food entrepreneurship. Her catering business, Kente Kitchen, specializes in Liberian, Nigerian and Ghanaian cuisine. Mountain Xpress: […]

A FINE LINE: Anejandro Gonzalez works the line at Chestnut. As retaining back-of-house employees becomes increasingly challenging, many local restaurants are working to sweeten the pot with higher wages, more benefits and greater opportunities for advancement.

Putting it on the line

Line cooks are the backbone of restaurants. They toil behind the scenes and spend long hours on their feet but get very little of the glory. “The job is physically hard, can have odd hours and puts the cook in contact with fire and sharp objects,” says Kevin Westmoreland, co-owner of the Corner Kitchen and Chestnut and president […]