Chef Kristin Butterworth, a 2001
graduate of the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts, appeared for the third time at the James Beard
Foundation in New York City on February 2 to prepare a
special five-course dinner.
Chef Butterworth, chef de cuisine
at Lautrec, the fine-dining style restaurant at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in
Farmington, Pa., was honored to receive the invitation and said that she
“hope[s], in a small way, it inspires females in this industry.”
Culinarians already have reason to be
inspired by Butterworth, who is the youngest and only female chef to run a
Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond award-winning restaurant.
Butterworth completed her externship at
the Boulders Resort in Arizona after finishing her culinary studies at
IUP. From there, she began working at a
privately-owned Italian restaurant, Luigi’s, before accepting her first
position at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in 2003.
After leaving Nemacolin Woodlands in 2005, Butterworth spent time
working at both the Sea Island Resort in Georgia and the Inn at Little
Washington before returning to Nemacolin Woodlands in her current role in
That same year, Butterworth received her
first invitation to perform at the James Beard Foundation, with the second
invitation coming in 2012.
According to the Herald Standard, Butterworth said, regarding her recent invitation, "I felt nervous because it was my third time, it was a bigger deal. But it went better than I ever imagined."
The menu for the event, designed by Chef Butterworth, featured chilled squash soup, buckwheat-goat
pierogi, and grass-fed wagyu beef among other menu items.
Special dinner events, like the event featuring Butterworth, are designed to support the James
Beard Foundation’s mission to “educate, inspire, entertain, and foster a deeper
understanding of our culinary culture,” according the organization’s website.
During events, guests are welcome to walk
through the kitchen and participate in a question and answer session with the
chef following dinner. Samantha Brown ('13), an IUP culinary and baking and pastry alumna, assisted with the event.