Chefs to Watch 2019: Ashleigh Shanti, Benne on Eagle, Asheville, N.C.

Korsha Wilson

The framed black and white line drawings on the walls at Benne on Eagle, located in Asheville’s Foundry Hotel, are more than decoration, although they complement the sleek, industrial space. Drawn by a local artist, the portraits celebrate four women who have impacted the local black community there. For Ashleigh Shanti, those faces are a source of inspiration. “I’m one of the few black chefs in the area,” she says,...