WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — At the Bistecca Steakhouse at Meadows Casino, overlooking the racetrack, chefs prepare for the event that will kick off the second annual Washington County Restaurant Week.
Bistecca is one of 27 restaurants, nine more than last year, taking part in a smorgasbord of lunch and dinner specials, starting Monday.
A Fayette County chef is at Bistecca to publicize the event. Kristin Butterworth, of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, is listed as one of the world’s 25 best Five Star and Five Diamond chefs.
“I just wanted to be a really good cook, and learn as much as I could, and it worked out,” she says.
It sure did. She’s the youngest chef, and the only woman, on that top 25 list.
Her proud mother says Kristin was born to be a chef.
“From the time she was probably about 3-years-old, she was my buddy in the kitchen,” Malerie Butterworth recalls. “She had a little stool and she’d pull it over to the counter, and she’d climb up on it. And whatever I was doing, she got to do, too.”
From a kitchen stool, to a Five Star restaurant. And she still loves her work.
“Whether you’re making a hamburger or a filet mignon, it’s about putting that time and care into it. That was the starting place, you know. Simple. I think at the end of the day, simple food’s the best food,” she says.
Starting Monday, Washington County chefs will be putting their “best food forward.”