I moved to WNC in 1972, opening the Frog & Owl Café
outside of Highlands, NC. From the very beginning, I feature local
produce and trout from the area as well as foraging for wild mushrooms
and other products.
I relocated to Asheville and opened The Market Place in 1979, while
continuing to use local products and helping to build local agricultural
I trained in France at the Michelin 3 star restaurant, Le Moulin de
Mougins in 1980, as well as studied with Simon Beck, the French cooking
partner of Julia Childs. I also studied with Madeleine Kamman while at
the Beringer School for American Chefs.
In WNC I have been an instructor at AB Tech School in the Culinary
Dept. as well as food and wine educator in various venues.
I am the past chairman of Slow Food Asheville and was a delegate to
Terra Madre held in Turin, Italy in 2006.
In 1996 my book "In Praise of Apples" was published.
I am a member of La Confrérie des Chavaliers du Tastevin,
Chapitre des Trois Glorieuses.
My passion is supporting local farmers, cheese makers, and suppliers
of local seasonal foods. I support the culinary program at AB Tech
through an annual scholarship dinner at The Market Place.
This year (2007) I will celebrate 35 as a chef and 28 years as
chef/owner of The Market Place.