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Meet the chef: Nathan Davis of Rough Cut

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Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Nathan Davis is the head chef at Rough Cut in Middlebury. He took over from the original chef in mid-November and has been perfecting the menu since. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

When you think of China and Chinese food, American-style barbecue probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Shenzhen (a city with almost 12 million people just outside of Hong Kong) is where chef Nathan Davis got his BBQ chops.

“There are a lot of ex-pats in Shenzhen who want Western food,” said Davis, who returned home to Middlebury in May after six years in China. “It was an upscale and popular place.”

In mid-November, Davis took over as head chef for Middlebury’s own barbecue restaurant Rough Cut.

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