I have a front runner.
This summer, Kendra Epperson (a chef at Natural Bridge State Resort Park) was a Cast-Iron Chef cooking competition winner during the 2014 Kentucky State Fair.
Epperson also picked up a Cast-Iron Chef win in 2010 – obviously the lady knows her cast-iron! This year, she was given secret ingredients to prepare in 30 minutes. She cooked sirloin steak with sauteed onions, Fettuccine Alfredo with vegetables and a creamy southwest roll up.
She had me at sirloin.
An Ohio native, Karen Epperson, graduated from the culinary school at Ashland Community and Technical College. She began working for Kentucky State Parks at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park and has been the chef at Natural Bridge’s Sandstone Arches Restaurant for the last two years.
She also serves on the advisory board for the Ashland culinary school.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to one of the largest and most famous natural arches in Kentucky and is surrounded by breathtaking topography and unique flora and fauna within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Natural Bridge offers lodging, dining, cottages, and campground accommodations. Hiking trails and other recreational opportunities are available. For more information call 1-800-325-1710 or visit www.parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/nb