The Dish: Ashley Christensen

You already know your favorite chefs by the foods they prepare and the restaurants they’ve created. Now, get to know a different side of these culinary masterminds in our weekly The Dish feature. From behind-the-scenes kitchen talk to culinary soundtracks and Nashville recommendations, we’re bringing you the dish – straight from the pros.

Last week we heard from Chef Amanda Freitag, and today we check in with the talented Raleigh-based chef, Ashley Christensen.

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Favorite post-shift meal/late-night snack?

Cold lo mein noodles

Go-to cooking soundtrack?

R.L. Burnside’s A Ass Pocket of Whiskey

Which words or phrase do you most overuse in the kitchen?

“A little more lemon, and a little more salt!”

Most underrated/overrated ingredient?

Most underrated: Field peas… if everyone was cooking them all of the time, I still wouldn’t be tired of them.

Most overrated: I just can’t choose one. I don’t think an ingredient can be overrated, just underutilized or not used to its potential.

Favorite Nashville spot?

Robert’s Western World

Join us at the Festival to see Chef Ashley Christensen in action during her ‘Off the Vine’ demo at 11:30AM on Sunday, 9/21.