Inaugural Class of Chef Ambassadors Just Announced

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) – A fun new way to bring foodies to the mountain state.

The Department of Tourism has announced its first class of West Virginia Chef Ambassadors.

The class includes 9 chefs from all 9 tourist regions in the state and the goal is to promote local Appalachian cuisine through media events and promotional activities.

“We know as West Virginians that our culinary industry is diverse and interesting, and we have all the influences from around the world and we have these incredible 5-star chefs and we’ve found that people everywhere else don’t necessarily know that” , Sarah G. Harmon, Content Marketing Manager, WV Department of Tourism.

To do this, the department notably asks the 9 chefs to send different forms of content to be published on their website.

“Part of what they do is submit blog content to our office, so we post their stories and their recipes and those come out weekly and bi-weekly and our followers have been really excited to get that expert content,” Sarah G Harmon, Director of Content Marketing for the WV Department of Tourism.

The closest restaurant and star chef to mountaineer country is Chef Cody Thrasher, owner of Cody’s in Bridgeport.

“We’re really excited to see it grow and I hope we continue to make an impact within the state and also on people’s perception of West Virginia and sharing that we are this foodie destination,” Sarah G. Harmon, WV Department of Tourism Content Marketing Manager.

A full list of chefs and their restaurants can be found HERE.

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