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West Fork Whiskey appoints executive chef

Chef Carlos Salazar (photo courtesy of West Fork Whiskey Co.)

Indianapolis-based West Fork Whiskey Distillery has named Carlos Salazar executive chef of its new restaurant in Westfield. In the role, Salazar will lead the company’s dining experiences showcasing Indiana agriculture.

“It is an exciting day for West Fork Whiskey to announce the hiring of Carlos Salazar as Executive Chef,” said West Fork Whiskey co-founder David McIntyre. “We were immediately drawn to Carlos’ talent and tasted firsthand some of the incredible dishes he will be offering in our restaurant. Carlos’ passion for food, professionalism and creativity is undeniable and we couldn’t be more more than excited to have him join the West Fork family.

Salazar’s background includes more than 14 years of experience working and owning restaurants in Indianapolis. He was previously chef and partner at Rook, an Asian-inspired restaurant in Indy.

“My inspiration for cooking comes from my ability to change people’s perspective on how to eat and what they can eat,” Salazar said. “I’m determined to change Indiana in some way with my food, so when West Fork approached me with a unique Indiana concept, I was immediately on board.”

Last year, Inside Indiana Business reported on West Fork Whiskey’s plans for a $10 million agritourism facility in Westfield.

The distillery says the first phase of the 12.5-acre development will include a family restaurant, events center, retail store and craft cocktail bar. The concept is expected to open in July 2022.