Ashley Christensen is an American chef, restaurateur, author, and culinary celebrity. She was James Beard Award Best Chef Southeast in 2014 and in 2017 received Eater's Best Chef in the Nation award.[1] Christensen lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was among the five finalists in 2018 for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. In 2019, she won Outstanding Chef.[2]

She owns several Raleigh restaurants including Poole's Diner, Death & Taxes, and Beasley's Chicken + Honey.[3]

An activist on women's issues, Christensen has been outspoken about sexual harassment in the culinary world and has written columns about the issue.[4] Her own company, AC Restaurants, employed an HR specialist in 2012 to ensure that "situations between employees" can be dealt with "in a truly neutral manner".[5]


Christensen graduated from North Carolina State University.[6]


  1. ^ Drew Jackson (5 December 2017). "Raleigh's Ashley Christensen is Eater's national Chef of the Year". News Observer.
  2. ^ "The 2019 James Beard Award Winners". James Beard Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  3. ^ Khoury-Hanold, Layla. "Ashley Christensen Didn't Win the James Beard Award This Year, but Her Moral Leadership Is Still Reshaping the Restaurant Industry". IndyWeek.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen fires back after 'Just cook and be quiet' comment online". News Observer.
  5. ^ Drew Jackson (October 26, 2017). "After celebrity chef faces harassment allegations, Chef Ashley Christensen calls on industry to 'be better'". News Observer. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  6. ^ Roberts, Liza. "The evolution of Ashley Christensen". Walter Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2019.