Chef Biography

Kathy Cary has been called an “Einstein in a Toque”.  Born and raised in Kentucky, she learned to love food at an early age in her mother’s kitchen.

Kathy apprenticed to a Cordon Bleu trained chef in Washington DC, and later started a small catering firm while working at a stylish Georgetown restaurant.  Those were the days of catering for clients like Edward Kennedy and Henry Kissinger, as well as the cast of All the President’s Men.

In 1979 she returned to Kentucky, married songwriter/musician Will Cary, and opened her first La Peche gourmet-to-go shop.  Lilly’s is next door to the first La Peche and was designed by her husband.  The menu reflects her French-inspired use of traditional Kentucky ingredients with unexpected, contemporary twists.

Great Chefs showed up in May of 1996 to film three dishes for their Great Chefs of America series, and again later for their Great Chefs of the Southseries.


Sea Scallops with Mango and Jalapenos

Serving: 4 Print Sea Scallops with Mango and Jalapenos By Great Chefs April 9, 2014 Seared sea scallops marinated with Dijon and tarragon top crisp-fried potato sticks atop a bed of fresh spinach. The chef uses bright-colored mango slices to garnish. Ingredients Scallops Dijon mustard – 1 tablespoon Kosher salt – 1⁄2 teaspoon Pepper – […]

Mocha Toffee Meringue

Serving: 8 Print Mocha Toffee Meringue By Great Chefs April 9, 2014 Chocolate, toffee, and mocha are a natural combination. For this lovely dessert, meringue bowls are filled with a layer of mocha filling, a sprinkle of toffee, and chocolate mousse flavored with Amaretto. Whipped cream and chocolate curls are used to garnish the plates. […]

Grits Timbale with Country Ham and Morels

Serving: 4 Print Grits Timbale with Country Ham and Morels By Great Chefs April 8, 2014 Kathy Cary uses yellow grits to create cups filled with a sauce of mushrooms, wine, and cream. The timbales are garnished with fresh greens and flash-fried leeks. Ingredients Grits Water – 3 cups Kosher salt – 1/2 teaspoon Yellow […]

Restaurant Information

Phone : 502-451-0447

Address : 1147 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204

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