Chef Courtney Evans
Leah & Louise (Charlotte) (she/her/hers)
Chef Evans hails from Columbia, SC. Her love of food was initially rooted in her curiosity about the chemical reactions of various ingredients when they interact. She pursued this curiosity and interest at Johnson & Wales University and began her professional career at Leah & Louise, a James Beard Semi-Finalist for Best New Restaurant, one of New York Times 50 Best Restaurants and owned by James Beard Nominee Chef Gregory Collier. There, Evans has found her voice through food with Asian-inspired ingredients while expressing her love of her Black roots and culture. She is currently the Chef De Cuisine at Leah & Louise. She has been featured at The James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Reception Dinner, Charleston’s Wine and Food Festival, and Bayhaven Food and Wine Festival, which honors the African diaspora.
Johnson & Wales University
LAST NIGHT ON EARTH SHE’S EATING
Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary (Kiawah Island), Best Impressions (Charlotte)