Our Community of Great Chefs in Virginia and West Virginia

Enjoy food prepared by our Chefs of the Blue Ridge

When you go out to eat in the Blue Ridge Mountains and valleys, you can rest assured that masterful hands are skillfully preparing what goes onto your dining plate. Classically trained with more than a pinch of character mixed with a fork or spoonful of each chef’s special creation. This will wow you every time. Experience fine dining and get to know the story behind the hands of who crafted what’s for dinner.

Root to Table Excellence logoRoot to Table Highlights Culinary Excellence

The Root to Table Brand of Excellence identifies chefs and their restaurants that serve excellent cuisine, support their locally sourced farmers, and are committed to building a robust and sustainable community. Plus, an invitation to participate in an event series that helps you network with a food movement committed to excellence!

Nothing is more disappointing with the price of enjoying a meal at a restaurant than to be served mediocre food. But when you are not a locale, how do you find a great food experience driven not by price but by the brand of excellence!”- Nancy Craun, Founder of the Root to Table Movement.

Learn More About the Root to Table Culinary Series

 Chef Advisory Board and Executive Directors

Chef Erik Foxx-Nettnin

Erik Foxx-Nettnin
The Polished Foxx
Founding Member

Chef Pete Smith at Root to Table's Salute to Women

Roderick Smith
The Chef Feature Co.
Chef Advisory Board

Chef Marcus Repp

Marcus Repp
Noble House Hotels & Resorts
Executive Advisory Board
Chef Advisory Board

Chef Neal Wavra

Neal Wavra
Field & Main Restuarant
Executive Advisory Board

Root to Table Chefs

Cheff Jeff Ault holding a prepared dish at the Bavarian Inn

Jeff Ault
Bavarian Inn Resort
Shepherdstown, WV

Chef Mary Ellen Diaz

Mary Ellen Diaz
Alma Bea
Shepherdstown, WV

Chef Miriam Conroy

Miriam Conroy
Blue Ridge CTC
Martinsburg, WV

Cheryl Strasser and Bre Grant of Cowbell Kitchen

Cheryl Strasser
Cowbell Kitchen
Leesburg, VA

Chef Hunter Blackford

Hunter Blackford
Brix 27
Martinsburg, WV

Chef Steven Weiss

Steven Weiss
Blue Ridge CTC
Martinsburg, WV

Past Guest Chefs

Chef Matt Welsh

Matt Welsch
Vagabond Kitchen

Chef Nick Green

Nick Green
Independent

Chef Torrece Gregoire

Torrece Gregoire
Private Chef

Chef Rich Rosendale

Rich Rosendale
Rosendale Collective

Chef Jason Reaves working dough

Jason Reaves
Salamander Resort & Spa

Amanda Wyne Luhowiak of the Whole Ox

Amanda Luhowiak
The Whole Ox

Chef Kashif Browne

Kashif Browne
Ridgewell Catering

Chef Ryan Becklund

Ryan Becklund
Botanical Fare

Chef Damian Heath

Damian Heath
Lot 12 Public House

Chef Tim Rowley

Tim Rowley
The Wine Kitchen

Chef Melissa Close

Melissa Close-Hart
Mockingbird Restaurant

Chef Kari Rushing

Kari Rushing
Vault & Cellar

Chef Jose Marty

Jose Marty
Loco Kitchen

Chef Rachel Pennington

Rachel Pennington
The Pie Chest

Chef Santosh Tiptur of The Conche

Santosh Tiptur
The Conche

Chef Steve Ferrell infront of his food station at 2019 VIP Event

Steve Ferrell
Firebox 55

Chef Jamie Imlah

Jamie Imlah
Off the Line Cooking

Chef Thomas Harvey

Thomas Harvey
Harvey’s

Chef Mike Ritenour of Massanutten Resort

Mike Ritenour
Massanutten Resort

Chef John Loeffler headshot

John Loeffler
The Inn at Gristmill Square

Chef Marvin Swaner

Marvin Swaner
Aikens Group

Chef Justin Cherry taking bread out of his earthen oven

Justin Cherry
Half Crown Bakehouse

Chef Reid Badger

Reid Badger
Between the Hills Events

Chef Jeremy Thrasher in a bee keepers suit

Jeremy Thrasher
Ahso Restaurant

Chef Vincent Badiee

Vincent Badiee
Independent Chef

Pastry Chef Mykel Winterstine

Mykel Winterstine
Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

Chef Timothy Rampey of Hillbrook Inn

Timothy Rampey
Hillbrook Inn

Don’t Miss The Local Farms & Top Restaurants of the Blue Ridge

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Local Farms

From protein to produce, our local farms are passionate about their product. Learn about what is in your backyard and start your healthy lifestyle centered around locally sourced food.
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Top Restaurants

The Blue Ridge Community offers the ultimate assortment of unique restaurants just waiting to be dined in. Don’t be surprised to meet the owner and the chef behind the amazing food.
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