Tripveel sat down with Executive Chef Brian Crow of Chestnut Restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina to learn why his food is uniquely southern.
Where did you grow up and where have you traveled to that has helped inspire and shape your cooking philosophy?
I grew up in western North Carolina in a small town called Brevard, “the land of waterfalls.” I have traveled and lived in many places in the United States. Chicago, Denver and San Diego specifically inspired me from a bigger market perspective. Each region has its own culinary inspiration, but my tenure in Denver really shaped my culinary career because it pushed me to try new flavor profiles. Also, traveling to several Latin American countries has made me appreciate all the fresh and unique fruits they produce.
Tell our readers an interesting fact or two about yourself.
I have 6 siblings! That built a lot of character growing up. I’m a pretty good Texas Holdem player, and I’ve won a couple tournaments.
Tell us about your absolute favorite food and why readers should try it if they haven’t already.
Anything that comes from the pig is always a win for me, but hey, I’m from the South! I’m a big fan of ramps as well… they’re only available for a month or two each year. We do a ramp- inspired guest chef dinner every year, which is a lot of fun.