Chef Anne Hart
A West Virginia native, Anne has held restaurant management and district management positions and has opened twelve restaurants in fine dining and casual theme in Atlanta, Rochester, Boston, and Washington, DC prior to opening Provence Market Café in Bridgeport, West Virginia in May 2002. As Owner/Executive Chef, Anne has created a unique menu influenced by the cuisine, ingredients, and local flavors of Provence and the Mediterranean. Provence Market is a supporter of the “Earth to Table” movement and has been working with local growers and farmers since the restaurant’s inception to cultivate ingredients for its menu.
As an annual judge of West Virginia’s High School ProStart program, Anne is committed to growing our own culinary talents of the future. She is a supporter of The Collaborative of the 21st Century Appalachia, which hosts the annual Cast Iron Cookoff. This organization embraces our Appalachian roots and supports many West Virginia initiatives. Team Provence has garnered numerous Cast Iron Cookoff Championship and Throw Down awards from the competition’s inception in 2005 and Anne was a third of Team West Virginia in its Tri-City Regional Competition. Anne currently serves on the judging panel. Anne was host in a weekly television spot “Hot Plate” on WDTV, demonstrating new and hot culinary trends and is a monthly food columnist in the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram.
Anne was a founder of the Bridgeport Farmers Market in 2009 and sat on the Buy Fresh/Buy Local West Virginia steering committee. She also is on the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, LA. As a panelist at the inaugural Farm to Table International Symposium, she, and renowned chefs from across the country spoke on the challenges of buying fresh and buying local in the food service industry.
Anne was an invited chef at the “4-14 Festival” in Dijon France. Other notables were the inclusion in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America in 2103, Best Chefs of the South, The Corridor Magazine’s Top Chefs, The West Virginia Executive Magazine’s Young Guns, and most recently, WV Executive Focus Magazine’s Wonder Women of West Virginia. She is a member of the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, has served as the 2006 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce and is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Greater Bridgeport Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also is a graduate of “Leadership Bridgeport” and is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy”.