Chef Jeremy Ashby
Chef Jeremy Ashby, a native of Kentucky, received his culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina in 2000. After pursuing additional training and experience in Charleston and Miami, Ashby returned to his Kentucky roots. He has been Chef and an owner of AZUR since 2007. Executive chef Ashby also earned a degree in business and hospitality from the University of Kentucky.
His culinary decisions are influenced by many things, not the least of which is passion for relationships and delighting people with food. "A meal should be about dining, not feeding. I like to mystify people with menus, but offer a flavor profile that comforts and tastes familiar. I love to convey a sense of place and season bringing friends to the table sharing the endless ways food becomes a common ground that ties together our lives and conversations".
He is currently a national ambassador to Kentucky for the growing farm to table movement, an advocate of Kentucky Aquaculture and hosts the radio program “Sunny Side Up In Lexington” and television program “Food News and Chews. Chef Jeremy Ashby also created a Farmer’s Market without fees to the growers on the south side of Lexington. He plans on starting additional markets, with the goal of promoting the unrivalled agricultural heritage of Kentucky farmers and helping create an ever growing and sustainable food economy that celebrates the heirloom foods native to this region.