Chef Jeremy Ashby

Chef Jeremy AshbyChef Jeremy Ashby is a native of Kentucky.  He received his culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina in 2000.  After pursuing additional training and experience (including working with renowned chefs Donald Barickman and Norman Van Aken) in Charleston and Miami, Chef Ashby returned to his Kentucky roots.  He has been an owner of AZUR Restaurant & Patio in Lexington, KY since 2007.  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."

 
 




Accolades and Distinctions

2012

Independent Restaurateur Magazine Indie Award Winner for Midwest Region

Washington Post article, January 11, 2012

Kentucky Restaurant Association Bluegrass Chapter Member of the Year

Kentucky Restaurant Association Restauranteur of the Year finalist

James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Cane Ridge Cattle Company Benefit Dinner, Paris KY

Lyons Farm International Chef Showdown – First Place, October 2012 


2011

Voted ”Best of Lex” in Fine Dining category— Ace Weekly Readers’ Poll, 20011

Bourbon Review Magazine article and recipe publishing, Bourbon Review Magazine, 2011

“Governor’s Gala” Kentucky Derby Gala for the Governor of Kentucky May 2011

Host Sunny Side Up In Lexington Radio Show on News radio 630 WLAP, May 2011

2011 CMUS Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award in the Restaurants category

Local Chef gets a taste of Celebrity Status— feature article, Lexington Herald Leader, May 2011

Azur Farmer’s Bazaar Opens in Beaumont Center— feature article, Southsider Magazine, 2011

First Place Winner— Kentucky Great American Seafood Cook-Off, 2011

Kentucky Representative— Great American Seafood Cook-Off, 2011

PGA Seniors Tour Kitchen Aid Demonstrations with national Celebrity Chefs, May 2011

Director AZUR Farmer’s Bazaar, A KDA registered farmers market, June 2011


2010

Dining— Showcased in Sophisticated Living-Lexington magazine, 2010

Creativity Reborn Locally by Executive chef Jeremy Ashby— Article in Kentucky Restaurant

Association magazine, 2010

Signature Dishes— Article in Kentucky Monthly magazine, 2010

Green Friends of the Games— Dinner at Governor’s Mansion with special host Ted Turner, 2010

Cookin”” in the Bluegrass— Dinner at James Beard House in New York, 2010

Original Recipe Posted— JBF Recipes on James Beard Foundation website, 2010

First Place Winner— Kentucky Great American Seafood Cook-Off, 2010

Kentucky Representative— Great American Seafood Cook-Off, 2010

Voted “Best in Lex” in Fine Dining category— Ace Weekly Readers’ Poll, 2010

Champion & Grand Champion Winners in Mixed Drink Challenge— Kentucky Bourbon Festival, 2010

Cookin”” in the Bluegrass— James Beard Foundation’s celebrity chefs dinner at Alltech FEI World  Equestrian Games, 2010

Guest Chef of Secrets of Louisville Chefs LIVE— First Lexington chef to cook on program, 2010

OpenTable Diners’ Choice list— Voted onto OpenTable list by diners, 2010


2009

Bourbon Buzz— Mention in The Bourbon Review magazine, 2009

Cutting edge-marketing— Article in Seafood Business magazine, 2009

Great Chefs and Their Restaurants in Kentucky— Showcase in bon appetit magazine, 2009

Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs— Television program appearing on MyTVQ2 station, 2009

New World Cuisine with Small Town Charm— Article in The Bourbon Review magazine, 2009

Voted ”Best of Lex” in Fine Dining category— Ace Weekly Readers’ Poll, 2009

Invited to Incredible Food Show, 2009


2008

Take it Outside— Article in Kentucky Monthly magazine, 2008

Awarded Best Entrée and Appetizer— Taste of the Bluegrass, 2008

Harmony may be found at AZUR— Article in Kentucky Monthly magazine, 2008

In the Kitchen with Jeremy Ashby— Article in Southsider, 2008

Flavors of Kentucky Cooking School— Article in Lexington Herald-Leader, 2008


2007

Dining Spot— Profile in Central Kentucky Lifestyle magazine, 2007

Prime Patios & Spaces— Article in Keeneland magazine, 2007

Awarded Best Appetizer — Taste of the Bluegrass, 2007

Invited to Kentucky Economic Summit, 2007


2005-2006

Azur voted best new restaurant in Kentucky— Prep magazine, 2005

Azur voted best new independent restaurant in Lexington— Ace Weekly Readers’ Poll, 200

Azur Awarded Three Diamond rating by AAA, 2006

The Allure of AZUR— Article in Business Lexington, 2006

Cool Chefs— Article in Nougat magazine, 2006