Eater recently announced their National Chef of the Year, and it is none other than our very own Ashley Christensen. Christensen, who opened Poole's Diner in 2007 has massively impacted the Raleigh food scene. Over the next 10 years, she went on to open Beasley's, Chuck's, Fox Liquor Bar, and Death & Taxes.
As Eater puts it, the award is for much more than just being a great chef:
Last year, Christensen wrote an Eater op-ed explaining how she took a stand against North Carolina's "bathroom bill" by making her restaurants' single-occupancy bathrooms gender neutral, and how she planned on speaking up more about the issues that impact her community and her staff. This year, she tackled sexual harassment and misogyny in the restaurant industry, taking to social media to make public her team's own policies: "I promised to make sure anyone I invite to work with us will know about these heightened expectations before they step foot in our restaurants," she wrote in a post with over 1,800 likes.
We are so proud to have Ashley Christensen making a huge impact in our community (and also making delicious food)!
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Written by John Connell
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