Chef Adam Hayes
Executive Chef Adam Hayes is a North Carolina native with more than 18 years of experience working with leading restaurants and hotels in the region. He grew up working alongside his grandmother in her bakery in Asheboro, NC. In his late teens, Adam took a job as a fry cook at a sandwich shop, and he was hooked on the energy, creativity and camaraderie of working in a restaurant. Shortly thereafter, he fell in love with the woman who is now his wife, and they decided to attend culinary school together. Chef Hayes has spent much of his career at the helm of some of the most renowned restaurants and resorts in the region. He spent five years as the executive chef of the highly acclaimed Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville. In that role, he received many awards and accolades including hosting a dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York where he used all North Carolina ingredients in the meal. After a short stint at Barnsley Resort, a luxury boutique resort located north of Atlanta, Chef Adam joined the team at Lonesome Valley in early 2015. Since that time, Adam and the Canyon Kitchen culinary team have been recognized for their outstanding work and participated in prestigious culinary events, including a return appearance at the James Beard House in November 2016. The award-winning chef is thrilled for this season and is committed to continuing Canyon Kitchen’s tradition of using fresh, locally sourced produce (some from the gardens of Lonesome Valley), meat, poultry and fish in the daily modified menu.