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The Eclectic Playlist That Inspires This Chef to Mix It Up

Here’s what Eater Young Gun Ashleigh Shanti (‘19) listens to at Benne on Eagle in Asheville

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The layers of the American South, the history and resources of West African cultures — Ashleigh Shanti’s cooking pulls from many threads. As the head chef at Benne on Eagle in Asheville, North Carolina, the 2019 Eater Young Gun has created a menu that draws on West African dishes (and their evolutions throughout the African diaspora), African-American food traditions of Appalachia, and the historically black-owned restaurants of Asheville.

Her approach is “rich with spices, memory, and a remix of tradition” — which is why it’s only appropriate that her go-to playlists are also true mixes, with artists of various genres all together in a “shuffle,” as she puts it.

Ashleigh Shanti’s Playlist

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