Elizabeth “Libby” Nolle, D & E Class of 2003, is proud to be a finalist in the Best Chef category for West Virginia Living Magazine’s Best of West Virginia. Each year the magazine highlights a broad range of the state’s best from restaurants and food trucks to florists and outdoor adventure outfits. Libby is the only woman on the list this year. Voting began September 21 and runs through October 11. Vote by going to WVLiving.com.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Maryland, Libby’s love of food and how it can bring people together came from her father, who had deep family roots in northern France. The smell of beef searing, onions caramelizing and of wine deglazing a pan are the smells of her childhood, and these family traditions continue to influence her cooking style. A love for the mountains and the outdoors drew Elizabeth to Davis and Elkins College, where she majored in Hospitality Management. It was there at a Quantity Food Prep Class with Chef Melanie Campbell that she first recognized she not only loved to cook, but that she was good at it, as well.