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Ashley Archer, Director of Food & Beverage at Valley View Casino & Hotel

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As Valley View Casino & Hotel Food & Beverage Director, Archer's responsibilities as Food and Beverage Director include the oversight of the culinary division in addition to expanding to the front of the house operations. Prior to his appointment in January of 2014, Ashley was the Executive Chef, responsible for overseeing all seven of Valley View Casino & Hotel¹s dining venues including the famous all-you-can-eat Maine lobster
buffet. Prior to joining Valley View Casino & Hotel in 2011, Ashley was the Executive Chef at Ameristar Casino and Hotel's East Chicago, Vicksburg and Kansas City properties as well as at the Westin Philadelphia. He is the recipient of the prestigious Mobil Four Diamond Award and is the only chef to have placed in every category at Mississippi's state culinary competition. Archer also had a hand in the first James Beard Foundation
charity event held outside of Las Vegas, in which funds were raised for culinary scholarships.

Lick the Plate, the popular San Diego food feature on KPRi is starting its third year on the air by expanding its guest list to include national culinary  personalities and adding the Red Fox Tails as the official show band.

"These past two years have been a blast," said host David Boylan. He added, "We have interviewed some of the top culinary personalities in San Diego including Javier Plascencia, Bernard Guillas, Hannis Cavin, and Food Network personality and San Diego Magazine restaurant critic Troy Johnson. From San Diego’s top chefs and restaurants to small mom and pop eateries, we have covered a wide range of the San Diego culinary scene, the people who drive it and their individual stories. The concept has proven itself in San Diego so it’s time to expand our guest mix to national culinary personalities that would resonate with any foodie audience. The addition of The Red Fox Tails as our show band will give Lick the Plate its own unique soundtrack with a cool surf-jazz style that reflects the San Diego location of the show."

Lick the Plate guest Hanis Cavin, chef and owner at the Carnitas Snack Shack praised the new capabilities of Lick the Plate. "David has an original format going with Lick the Plate. He is a storyteller first and foremost and he does a great job at it. I had a blast recording with him and it was fun to talk about subjects a bit out of the ordinary for culinary shows. I can’t wait to hear him interview some of the culinary heavyweights from around the country."

Haley Jones, Program Director at KPRi had this to add. "Lick the Plate’s format continues to evolve beyond food and really exposes the people behind all the amazing culinary talent in San Diego. It's a natural progression for the show to bring in big name guests for the KPRi audience and potentially other markets. David taps into what makes these people tick, from their culinary influences to their passions for music to where they like to eat and drink."

Lick the Plate Radio airs M-F at 4:10 & 7:10pm on KPRi, 102.1 FM San Diego and is engineered by Frankie Blue. Lick the Plate is also a weekly column in the Coast News in Encinitas, California.