Last year, the James Beard Foundation's "Best chef in the Southeast" award went to Ashley Christensen of Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh. This year, Asheville chefs John Fleer, Maherwan Irani and Katie Button are in the running for the region, which includes Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia in addition to our state. Image from jamesbeard.org

Trio of Asheville chefs make semifinals for ‘Best Chef in the Southeast’

Founded in honor of cookbook author, educator and American cuisine enthusiast James Beard, the James Beard Foundation’s mission is “to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage…” And three Asheville chefs — John Fleer of Rhubarb, Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani and MG Road and Katie Button of Nightbell and Curate — also have […]

MG Road cooks up Atlanta vs. Asheville chef throwdown-attachment0

MG Road cooks up Atlanta vs. Asheville chef throwdown

Cocktail bar and late-night dining spot MG Road is adding some out-of-town spice to its Monday night, Asian-themed pop-up restaurant, Punk Wok. Owner Meherwan Irani and Chai Pani Creative Director Michael Files have invited Chef Angus Brown of Atlanta’s Octopus Bar to pair up with Punk Wok creator and chef Elliott Moss for Octo Wok, a culinary one-night stand that will take over the Wall Street restaurant on Monday, Jan. 20.