Chef

Katie Button

JBF Award Winner

Cúrate, Asheville, NC

Chef Katie Button draws her inspiration from an unconventional path that began in a science laboratory and led her to the kitchen. Now, as executive chef for Cúrate bar de tapas and its around-the-corner nightclub neighbor, Nightbell in Asheville, North Carolina, she inspires others to take the road less traveled.

After earning a BioMaster’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from L’Ecole Centrale in Paris and before entering a Neurosciences PhD program, she took a detour. That path included jobs in José Andrés’ restaurants in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, CA; work with Chef Johnny Iuzzini at Jean Georges in New York; and ultimately a seven-month internship in the kitchen of elBulli, Ferran Adrià’s world-renowned Spanish restaurant. It is this unique world view that infuses Chef Button’s creations at Cúrate, where her work has earned national acclaim for its Spanish authenticity and creativity, and at Nightbell, which opened in February 2014 featuring a menu of innovative American bar cuisine complimented by choice selections of cocktails, wine, beer and spirits.

Chef Button has been named a James Beard Rising Star Chef Semi-Finalist in 2012-2013, and a Finalist in 2014. Her creations have been featured in national publications such as The New York Times, Southern Living, and Food & Wine.


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