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Celebrated chef Shane Ingram shares his decades of culinary experience with The Durham’s talented crew of chefs in the collaborative kitchen that develops menus for the Restaurant, Roof, and Coffee Bar.

Chef Shane Ingram at The Durham Hotel

Shane Ingram

Executive Chef

Executive chef Shane Ingram leads a collaborative kitchen at The Durham, now serving an ever-evolving seasonal menu of American classics and regional specialties.

Chef Ingram is known for the award-winning Four Square Restaurant, a pillar of fine dining in Durham for 17 years, earning many accolades and a loyal following for its excellent service and a dynamic menu that changed monthly based on local ingredients.

Ingram came to North Carolina after working for some of the nation’s best and most well-known chefs: Emeril Lagasse at Emeril’s restaurant in New Orleans, the late Charlie Trotter at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago and Patrick O’Connell at the Inn at Little Washington. Then in the late 1990s, Ingram and his wife, Elizabeth Woodhouse, came to North Carolina. Ingram worked as executive chef at The Fearrington House, a Relais & Chateaux property in Pittsboro, and Woodhouse worked at Second Empire Restaurant in Raleigh.

In 1999, the couple purchased and renovated the Bartlett Mangum House, a 1908 Greek Revival mansion off Chapel Hill Road. They opened Four Square with Ingram in the kitchen and Woodhouse as the general manager. Four Square Restaurant earned a reputation as a culinary destination, receiving a AAA Four Diamond designation from 2001-2016 and numerous Wine Spectator awards for its fine dining, upscale service and wine list. In 2010 and 2011, respectively, Ingram opened the popular modern, fine dining restaurant, One, in Chapel Hill’s Meadowmont community, and G2B gastropub in Durham.

Chef Kelsey LeGaux at The Durham Hotel

Kelsey LeGaux

Executive Pastry Chef

Kelsey’s passion for food grew from a childhood spent in the kitchen with her parents. She decided to turn her passion into a career by studying nutrition at Appalachian State University followed by baking and pastry arts at Wake Tech. Since arriving at The Durham in 2019, her focus has been creating desserts that can be enjoyed with the eyes as well as the palate.

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