Festival Ambassadors

Joy Crump

Founder/Executive Chef FOODE, Mercantile
Joy Crump

A Pennsylvania native, Joy Crump is known for crafting the seasons’ best locally sourced ingredients into comfortable, refined dishes. A culinary graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta, Crump honed her skills alongside farm-to-table pioneers, chefs Michael Tuohy and Kevin Gillespie. In 2011, Crump opened her first restaurant, FOODE, in historic downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia, with business partner Beth Black. In 2014, the duo opened their second Fredericksburg restaurant, Mercantile. Crump has had the honor of cooking at the James Beard House in both 2016 and 2017 and is actively involved in the James Beard Foundation’s Impact Programs for Food Policy, Chef Advocacy and Change.
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Kevin West

Author
Kevin West

Kevin West is the author of Saving the Season: A Cook’s Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving, as well as a contributor to Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original and a special correspondent for Travel + Leisure and Departures. He is also a food consultant with clients on both coasts, including Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, where he was creative director from 2012–2016 and co-author of The Grand Central Market Cookbook.