A surprise guest for the end of day one, Katie Button of Cúrate and Nightbell in Asheville sits down with Kat Johnson to talk about her journey from biomedical engineering student to chef and owner of a Spanish tapas restaurant in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Katie got her start in the kitchen at José Andrés’s restaurants in the United States and then spent time working for Ferran Adrià at the world-renowned elBulli in Spain. After meeting her husband Félix Meana, Chef Button moved to Asheville and created Heirloom Hospitality Group with Meana and her parents. Together, they opened Cúrate, and most recently, Nightbell – a contemporary American small plate restaurant.

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