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Veteran chef and 2005 James Beard Best Chef of the Southeast Award winner Joël Antunes joined the Ashley's staff in mid-December.

There's a new chef in town and he's looking to spice things up.

Joël Antunes arrived as Little Rock's Capital Hotel new executive chef in mid-December where he will be leading its two restaurants-- Capital Bar & Grill and Ashley's.

A native of France, Antunes is veteran in the culinary industry. He has worked under world-renowned French chefs Michel Troisgros and Paul Bocuse and moved to Little Rock after working as a consulting chef at the Embassy Mayfair in London. At the Capital here in Little Rock, he replaced Lee Richardson, the popular executive chef from New Orleans.

Last week, Arkansas Business' Kate Knables sat down with the 2005 James Beard Best Chef of the Southeast Award winner to talk about his plans for the future. See the article here.