Meet Harvest’s Executive Chef Loreal Gavin
Chef Loreal hails from Louisiana & Northern Indiana as a 6th generation farmer, a delightful mix that inspires her soulful creations. After receiving a degree from Sullivan Culinary Arts (2005) she took to the road stimulating her passion for farming at Lauilma Farms in Maui, Hawaii. Chef Loreal believes that “food is edible art and should stimulate all the senses.” Her food is fun, refreshing and thought-provoking. “The plates are my canvas and the food is the medium I use to paint a picture,” says Chef Loreal.
She’s appeared in television cooking on The Food Network, The Today Show, The Racheal Ray Show, and The Hallmark Channel, to name a few. She is the author of ‘The Butcher Babe Cookbook.’ Chef Loreal hosted and produced CMT’s digital series ‘The Downtown Farmer’ which highlighted her ability to meld international flavors with direct-from-the-farm produce while visiting urban farms in Los Angeles with her food truck.
Prior to joining the Harvest team in Louisville, she worked at Ashbourne Farms, Bourbon’s Bistro, The Bakery at Sullivan University, held the title of Chef in Residence at Bourbon Barrel Foods and followed her passion for butchering in an internship at LE Kincaids Butcher Shop in Indianapolis. Her work has taken her all over the United States working as a private chef in locales from San Francisco to New York City and fantastic spots along the way.
When she’s not in the kitchen you can find her riding her bicycle, creating art, exploring mother nature or playing guitar.
“I love creating healthy vegetable-centric dishes with the amazing goods from local partner farms in and around Louisville, Kentucky,” says Chef Loreal.
photo: Mariela Pita, @thevirturalrevamp
Jim McArthur and partners (brothers) Peter and Patrick Kuhl gathered not just an extraordinarily talented team but also a group of passionate and community-minded investors to grow their downtown Louisville restaurant.
And so it was that on 23rd April 2011 Harvest opened it’s doors to an eager and excited public. Diners and accolades started rolling in and before the year was out Harvest was awarded winner of the Open Table ‘Diner’s Choice’ and in early 2012 was nominated semi-finalist in the James Beard Award for ‘Best New Restaurant’.
If you’ve never heard of the prestigious Beard award – it’s like the Oscars of the food industry! Month on month Harvest continues to receive raving attention from all sectors of the press, the public, and the food industry. Clearly, there is an appetite for Harvest’s local vision. The recent figures show over 8300 Fans on Facebook and more the 14,000 visits per month to their website.