300 East | Charlotte, NC
Ashley is the chef at 300 East, the family business where she spent long afternoons as a child and later worked in various positions as age allowed.
After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ashley quickly returned to restaurant work. Restaurant, bakery and hotel positions in Chicago, Charleston and Detroit followed, each offering new learning opportunities and excellent mentorship. In particular, working under acclaimed chef Robert Carter and pastry chef Esthi Stefenelli at Peninsula Grill in Charleston exposed Ashley to a range of techniques and preparations, while a stage with pastry chef Michael Laiskonis at the legendary Tribute in Farmington Hills, Michigan imparted a stylistic and philosophical influence that remains with her today.
In September 2015, Ashley took on the pastry chef position at Paul Verica’s Heritage Food + Drink in Waxhaw, while overseeing the dessert program at 300 East. During her two-year tenure at Heritage, the restaurant was named Best Restaurant by Charlotte Magazine and Ashley’s dessert program was recognized by Southern Living as one of the 10 best in the South. Ashley has been featured in local and national publications, including Dessert Professional and Food & Wine.
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Ashley is participating in the East Meets West dinner on 10/16.