Kim was born in Westminster, California. She attended High School and College in Long Beach and went on to start her own business. Shortly after college she met her husband, Greg. The two have been married longer than she likes to acknowledge.
A few years later she and her husband moved from California, and Kim began her journey in the restaurant industry. Kim has honed her management skills as part of Damon’s, Marriott, Darden and BBRG. As her career picked up steam, Kim succeeded in positions as Training Director, New Unit Coordinator, General Manager, Director of Food and Beverage and Owner. She has several notable accomplishments, including being named General Manager of the Year, while part of the Darden organization. Throughout her involvement in the restaurant industry, she has come to enjoy many aspects, but most of all, she says “I love connecting with my guests”.
Ironically Kim does not cook. “I married a wonderful chef, so, at home, I steer clear of the kitchen.” She does have many other interests when not at work, among them, travel, football, and her two Yellow Labradors. If you come to know her, she will surely bring one of them up in conversation.
Originally from New Hampshire, Ashley grew up in New England for majority of her life. Food was always big part of her childhood, with most of her influence coming from parents and family. She decided to attend Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. After receiving her associates degree, she started her pastry career at the Mount Washington Resort, where she also met her husband. She continued her culinary path in NH at Passaconaway Country Club and Hanover St. Chophouse before she decided it was time for change.
Over the last 5 years, Ashley has held many different chef positions in our restaurant. Starting as the pastry chef, she quickly moved her way up through the company. As the Executive Chef at Napa, she has complete control over culinary artistry, cuisine and execution in the restaurant. She says that moving to Charlotte has been one of the best adventures and she is always looking forward to the future.
On her days off she loves spending time with her dogs, lounging by the pool and enjoying the local NC breweries. With her husband also being an executive chef, you can bet there is never a bad meal in their house!