Ouita Michel

Ouita Michel is an eight-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee, including nominations for Outstanding Restaurateur and Best Chef Southeast. Michel and her restaurants are regularly featured in local and national media, such as the New York Times, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Food Network, and the Cooking Channel. She was a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef series. She lives in Midway, Kentucky, where she oversees her newest venture, Holly Hill, a lifestyle brand that celebrates farmers and agriculture, culinary traditions old and new, chefs and local talent—and the bonds that unite them to cultivate a true sense of community. She’s also the host of the new video series, Up Home with Ouita Michel.

Location: Midway, Kentucky

Website: hollyhillandco.com

Video Series: www.hollyhillandco.com/videoseries

Cookbook: Just a Few Miles South: Timeless Recipes from our Favorite Places

Publication Date: April 27, 2021

Cookbook Description: Just a Few Miles South: Timeless Recipes from our Favorite Places is full of recipes for popular menu items at Windy Corner Market, Wallace Station, The Midway Bakery, and other Chef Ouita restaurants. In her long-awaited book, Chef Ouita shares stories of these recipes, the restaurants and staff that cook and serve them, and her love for the personalities who dine at her tables throughout the Bluegrass, and who often inspired dishes.

Deborah holds a Master of Divinity in environmental ethics and theology from the Pacific School of Religion and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Historyfrom Harvard University. She is the proud mother of her daughter Sonia. She loves cooking and food, hiking, reading, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.