After 15 plus years in the hospitality industry, it’s about time Kortnee opened Butch + Babes. Fondly named after her grandparents Rich “Butch” + Marlene “Babe” Lelko, the two gave Kortnee her first taste of the food business through their banquet + catering endeavors on the south side of Chicago.
Kortnee was always more comfortable in the front of the house. In an effort to overcome her fear of cooking, she attended the International Culinary Center in NYC. She brought this background to work under NYC greats Eli Zabar + Mary Cleaver, as well as serve the guests of Twin Farms, a five-star resort in Barnard, VT.
Most recently, Kortnee fed the most discernible palates she has come across in her career: the public school kids of Burlington. After receiving rave reviews of her nutritious + delicious meals, she is excited to bring her talents to the entire community.
Hailing from Bangkok, but a Vermonter through + through, Narin studied at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier. He will bring his expertise in creating spectacular dishes with everyday ingredients, always keeping it real.
Chef Narin met Kortnee at Twin Farms in Barnard, where they quickly bonded over their loves for beautiful food and sarcasm. Narin most recently helped to open the successful Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock as sous chef. Like many chefs, he has a passion for bacon, tattoos + George Takei – in that order.