Chef Katie Button CEO, Co-Founder, Katie Button Restaurants Félix Meana Chief Experience Officer, Co-Founder

Cúrate I Katie Button Restaurants (Asheville, North Carolina)

Recently, in 2019 Cúrate was named as one “40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years” by Food & Wine, and one of “Most Important Restaurants of the Decade” by Esquire, along with recognition as one of the “100 Best Wine Restaurants” in the nation by Wine Enthusiast in 2018.

Career Button was born in Conway, South Carolina, and moved to New Jersey when she was a little girl. Button earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and earned her master’s degree in biomedical engineering at École Centrale Paris.

Professional training in food and restaurants took place in Europe and the United States under industry names like José Andrés and JeanGeorges and Adrià at El Bulli. Button has appeared as the host of the National Geographic Channel series The World’s Best Chefs, as a guest star on FYI Network’s Scraps, and a guest chef on CBS This Morning Saturday’s The Dish.

In response to the PPP loan under the CARES Act, Katie Button has been a strong advocate to extend benefits to independent restaurants under the Independent Restaurant Coalition

Awards and Nominations

  • Semi-finalist for James Beard Rising Star Chef award from 2012-2013.
  • James Beard finalist for Rising Star Chef award, 2014 Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2015.
  • Semi-finalist for James Beard Best Chefs in America, 2015
  • James Beard nominee for Best Chefs in America, 2018 and 2019.