About Ashley Christensen

Ashley Christensen

Ashley Christensen is the chef and owner of seven restaurants in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, among them Poole’s Diner. Her cooking emphasizes locally grown, seasonal ingredients and has a brilliance about how she recreates classic dishes. In 2014, Ashley was awarded the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast. Her debut cookbook is Poole’s Recipes and Stories From A Modern Diner. @ashley_christensen

A dish of macaroni au gratin on a white paper napkin on a white plate with a stack of plates beside it.

Macaroni Au Gratin

So magnificently and outrageously incredible that folks have literally applauded it at the dinner table. Swear. Easy enough for weeknights. Elegant enough for impressing guests.