Lauren Ivey is the co-executive chef at Death & Taxes, the nationally recognized downtown Raleigh restaurant within the Ashley Christensen Restaurants group. In collaboration with Christensen, Ivey oversees the kitchen team and the menu, which has garnered praise for its inventive, subtle exploration of the flavors and techniques of cooking with wood fire. The restaurant’s focal point is a 2,000-pound custom-made grill, which Ivey uses as the anchoring inspiration for her dishes.
Prior to joining Death & Taxes as Chef de Cuisine in 2016, Ivey was the sous chef at Christensen’s first restaurant, the award-winning Poole’s Diner. Ivey also honed her skills at Centro in Boulder, Rioja in Denver, Abbott’s Cellar in San Francisco, where she was the opening sous chef. When she’s not behind the stoves, Ivey is most likely to be found outdoors or cooking with friends and family.