Whitesburg KY


Letcher County native Jared Richardson, executive chef of Cleveland’s Restaurant in Versailles, won the title of Cast Iron Chef at the Kentucky State Fair on August 28 for the fourth straight year. He competed this year against Colin Simmons, chef at Lynn’s Paradise Cafe in Louisville. Chefs are given 30 minutes to create a dish using two secret ingredients. Richardson used his 20 years of culinary experience and his mountain heritage to create the award-winning entree which included a burger topped with three kinds of mushrooms and bourbon, kale with bacon, and fried corn. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and is co-owner of Cleveland’s and three sister restaurants in Midway and Versailles. He is the son of Bill and Josephine Richardson of Whitesburg. Pictured are Eric Crawford, contest emcee Michael Fitzgerald, Jared Richardson, and Rick Bozich. Crawford and Bozich are sportswriters with the Courier-Journal who served as sous chefs in the contest.

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