An Indiana University of Pennsylvania alumna will prepare a special meal for students at Foster Dining Hall on March 2, 2011. Chef Kristin Butterworth, Chef de Cuisine Chef with Lautrec at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, is returning to IUP as part of Aramark’s Guest Chef Program. She is the only female and youngest five-star chef to appear at IUP.
Aramark’s Guest Chef Program is designed to honor the area’s finest chefs, offering them the opportunity to share their talents, tips, and tastes with students. In this case, Chef Butterworth will be returning to IUP, where she graduated with honors from the Academy of Culinary Arts in 2002. Kristin will meet and greet students from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in Foster Dining Hall on the IUP campus. Students will have to opportunity to hear from an IUP alumnus on her experiences and how IUP prepared her for her career.
Kristin knew her calling was in the culinary industry at a very young age. Growing up in rural Western Pennsylvania, she spent summers working in her father’s gardens growing and harvesting vegetables, then learning to prepare and preserve them in her mother’s kitchen. Holidays with her family were spent in the kitchen and around a dinner table draped in Italian foods and traditions. It was through these family gatherings that her interest and love for cooking quickly and, moreover, naturally developed.
After graduating from the Academy of Culinary Arts, Kristin moved to Arizona and enrolled in an internship at the Mobil 5-Star, AAA 5-Diamond, Boulders Resort in Carefree, Ariz., training at its Latilla Restaurant, which is where she was exposed to Southwestern cuisine as well as fine dining for the first time.
Once she completed her internship in Arizona, Kristin returned to Pennsylvania in 2002, where she worked at a small, privately owned Italian restaurant, learning the importance of using only the finest ingredients as well as how to simplify the food showcasing those ingredients. During this time, she had the life-changing opportunity to travel to Italy, where she received a certificate in Italian Cuisine and Pastry at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners.
Upon returning from Italy, Kristin accepted a position at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a Mobil 4-Star, AAA 4-Diamond Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania. It was during this two-year period in her career that she came into her own style and started to truly embrace the world of cooking. Nemacolin Woodlands also introduced Kristin to the business aspect of its food and beverage operation and allowed her to focus on cost and labor management as well as the development of strong interpersonal relationships in the outlet.
In 2005, Kristin was ready for another challenge and moved to Georgia, working at the Sea Island Resort. She was a valued member of the culinary team that opened the Georgian Room Restaurant and the new Cloister Hotel. A mere fourteen months later, the Georgian Room was awarded the highly acclaimed Mobil 5-Star award. This award of excellence placed Georgian Room among the twenty most elite restaurants in the world.
With passionate direction from Chefs Todd Rogers, John Helfrich, and Scott Crawford, being introduced to a farm-to-table approach, and working very closely with a local grower, Kristin began to embrace her roots and hone in on her own style of cuisine. After working her way from Cook I to Sous Chef at Sea Island, Kristin was offered a Sous Chef position at the prestigious Inn at Little Washington with Chef Patrick O’Connell and his legendary team. This is where she learned the finer points of Refined American Cuisine. Her time at the Inn at Little Washington allowed her to cultivate relationships with local farmers and private growers. Her fascination and love with the farm-to-table movement grew to become a part of the young chef’s daily practices.
In 2010, Kristin returned home to Pennsylvania, where she accepted a Chef De Cuisine position at Nemacolin Woodlands, the very resort that had been the major springboard for her career. Taking the helm of Lautrec, a Forbes 5-Star, AAA 5-Diamond, French-themed restaurant, Kristin was finally able to incorporate her passions and personal cooking style. Her European-influenced cooking, combined with the incorporation of local farms and purveyors, creates a truly unique dining experience. Under Kristin’s direction, Lautrec has once again received the coveted Forbes 5-Star and AAA 5-Diamond awards, making Kristin, at the age of twenty-eight, the youngest and only female five-star chef for 2011.
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