Katie Button, the owner and executive chef of two of Asheville’s hottest spots, Curate and Nightbell, certainly has an interesting and inspiring backstory. Before becoming a James Beard Award-nominated chef, Button earned a chemical engineering degree from Cornell before beginning to study in a PhD program for neuroscience.
It was then she realized that wasn’t the path for her.
But the process still helped.
“(Cooking in the kitchen) connected a lot with my science background,” Button says. “It is run like a lab. Every recipe that I was making used a scale. Everything is detailed to the finite measurement. You’re writing down exactly what’s going in it at exact quantities so you get a consistent product and it turns out the same every time.”
And that’s the payoff that matters to Button.
“I get such great satisfaction from the guests that come in. That’s daily motivation. You make something, you serve it to somebody, and you see a smile.”
Button will be serving your smiles as the headlining chef at Pinehurst’s season finale of the its Chef & Maker series on Sept. 15-17. You don’t want to miss it.