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Brown Hotel gets new chef

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --It's a place steeped in tradition. A hotel that's food has been popular for longer than just about anywhere else in Louisville.

"It has a good vibe around the city, and I think even nationally people know about it," Chef, Ryan O'Driscoll said.

So, when something new happens at the Brown Hotel, it's a big deal. They introduced new Executive Chef , Josh Bettis recently. He's a man who has prepped carrots, stirred gourmet sides, and worked with teams of chefs at some of this country's biggest restaurants.

The history behind his new employer is what brought him to Louisville.

"Everybody knows the Hot Brown, and everybody knows the Brown Hotel," said Chef Bettis.

It's not a place that has had many changes in the kitchen over the years, but when it came time to have someone new at the helm, other chefs knew Bettis was their guy.

"He's got a lot of great ideas, he's going to be a good mentor for me," O'Driscoll said.

One of those new ideas, utilizing more food from local farmers.

"From seed to table, certainly getting more involved with a local farming group," Bettis explained.

It's all a part of the progression at one of Louisville's finest, and oldest traditional places to eat.

"I want to be a part of the growth and the continuation of it. We're going to take it to the next step," Bettis said.

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