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From forbidden to 'forever': New Kanawha library center to honor Otis Laury


A few years ago, as word began to spread about just who had moved into the house on the corner, Will Ellis hopped off the school bus, spotted his new South Hills neighbor working in the yard and promptly seized the moment.

“I asked if I could help him in the garden in exchange for some cooking lessons,” said Ellis, now 14 and an incoming freshman at George Washington High School.
The man next door is Otis Laury, West Virginia’s unofficial chef to the stars, who’s served as executive chef under three governors here and has catered parties for some of the region’s most prominent families for decades.

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