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Hotel Covington Names New Executive Chef

Hotel Covington named a new executive chef to oversee food and beverage concepts at Coppins', the Walk-Up Window, the coffee bar, and the courtyard.

Mitch Arens is a Northern Kentucky native and Sullivan University graduate whose culinary journey began as a taste-tester in his mother's kitchen, he said.

Arens worked for Cincinnati chef David Falk and helped launch Boca Restaurant Group's flagship location of Nada.

Arens also staged under acclaimed chef, restaurateur, and TV personality Rick Bayless, and Food & Wine Best New Chef (class of 2009) winner Nate Appleman to develop Nada's Mexican menu.

In 2010, Arens moved to Lafayette, La. after taking many trips to a family friend's 3,000-acre farm and their Cajun restaurant. There, he honed his passion for farm-fresh ingredients and southern flavor.
 
In 2013, he joined James Beard Award-winning chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski as the executive chef at Calcasieu. There, he Arens oversaw an authentic farm-to-table menu that brought Cajun flavor to New Orleans's special events.
 
He later became executive chef at Cochon's sister establishment, Cochon Butcher specializing in house-made meats, terrines, and sausages.
 
-Staff report
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