Cole Pate likes to think of himself as a curator of culinary wonder. As the executive chef of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails at MV Boutique Hotel located just outside of Asheville in Black Mountain, North Carolina, his goal is to share the allure of regionally inspired seed-to-fork dining to Western North Carolina tourists and locals alike.
An Asheville native, Pate earned his culinary degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. After serving as cooking intern at the Greenbrier’s Prime 44 West, he went on to capture the regional honors for La Chaine Des Rotisseurs Young Chef Competition in 2015. After graduation, Pate opted to hone his skills at Biltmore’s popular Bistro restaurant, where he worked his way through every station in the kitchen, ultimately landing a coveted role as sous chef.
Pate happily credits his grandmother with lighting the fire beneath his culinary aspirations. “I can still remember standing on a little step stool in the kitchen while my grandmother taught me everything there was to know about cooking pancakes – from testing the pan with drops of water to see if it was hot enough to knowing when the time was right to flip them.”
Always in search of new ideas and inspiration, Pate can often be found exploring Asheville’s vibrant food scene on his days off. “Asheville has become a destination for fine dining. Seeing what other chefs are doing is always eye-opening. I must admit; it’s also nice to let someone else do the cooking from time to time.”
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