Kristin Butterworth ’01

  • Alumnus Kristin ButterworthChef de Cuisine
    Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

    Farmington, Pennsylvania

    As chef de cuisine for Lautrec at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania, Chef Kristin Butterworth has the opportunity to shape “one of the finest dining experiences in the country." Lautrec is currently one of only 25 restaurants in the world to hold both a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond award simultaneously.

    Butterworth graduated with honors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts in 2001, after completing her externship at the Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond Boulders Resort in Carefree, Arizona. 

    Following her externship, she returned to Pennsylvania in 2002 to take a position at Luigi’s, a small, privately owned Italian restaurant. During this time, Chef Butterworth also had the opportunity to travel to Italy to attend the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners, where she received a certificate in Italian Cuisine and Pastry.

    Kristin next accepted a position at Nemacolin (for the first time). It was here that she gained experience with the business side of food and beverage operations, allowing her to focus on cost and labor management in addition to her cooking expertise.

    In 2005, she took on a new challenge at the Sea Island Resort in Georgia, where she worked her way up from cook I to sous chef and was a member of the team that opened the Georgian Room Restaurant (which was awarded the highly acclaimed Mobil Five-Star award 14 months later) and the Cloister Hotel.

    A sous chef position at the prestigious Inn at Little Washington with Chef Patrick O’Connell was Chef Butterworth’s next challenge. “This is where Chef Butterworth learned the finer points of Refined American Cuisine.”

    Kristin Butterworth took on responsibility for Lautrec, a Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond French-themed restaurant when she returned to Nemacolin in 2010 to accept the chef de cuisine position. “Under Kristin’s direction, Lautrec once again received the coveted Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Awards, making Chef Butterworth (at the age of 28) the youngest and only female Five-Star Chef for 2011.”

    In 2016, Chef Kristin Butterworth remains the world's only female chef to run a Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond restaurant!