Born and raised in the small town of Garrison, Teresa Witten is a self-proclaimed down-home country girl that simply loves to cook. Witten has worked in the restaurant industry for over 30 years, and after she completed the Culinary Arts program at Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) she added Head Chef at Echo Valley Winery to her resume.

Witten originally planned to study business management at MCTC but knew right away that it wasn't her passion. When she learned about MCTCs culinary arts program and the Maysville Institute of Culinary Arts, she thought it might be time to turn her passion into a career.

I developed a love for cooking at young age by spending time in the kitchen with my father, recalled Witten. My dad was my inspiration; he was an excellent cook. But it took some convincing from her son, who was also enrolling at MCTC, for Witten to follow her heart and pursue a career in culinary arts. We did it together, she said. It was such a great experience.

Her experience stretched her in ways she didnt think possible. I learned things I never dreamed I could do. They challenged me and gave me the tools to become a better chef.

Shortly after graduating with an Associate in Applied Science degree, Witten interviewed at Echo Valley Winery in Fleming County. We called the Maysville Institute of Culinary Arts and the instructors didnt hesitate to recommend Teresa, said Sue Watson, owner of the Echo Valley Winery. We are so pleased with what she has done for the winery and look forward to the future.

I love working here. I am able to use all of the skills I learned during my time at MCTC and experiment with new techniques and recipes, said Witten.

The winery, located on Mt. Carmel Road, is open Mondays Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m.; Thursdays Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.; and is closed on Sundays. They offer a diverse menu of wines, beers and foods. Plans are already underway for spring and summer functions. We will have outdoor seating and guests will get to walk through the vineyard and learn about the wine making process, said Watson. We are already getting calls to book weddings and reunions.

For more information on the Maysville Institute of Culinary Arts, contact Chef Ann Flora at 606-564-9992 or by email at