The renowned Columbus chef is the kitchen manager for the Governor's Residence.

Alana Shock’s career continues to veer in unexpected directions. Since early March, the beloved Columbus chef has been the kitchen manager for the Governor’s Residence, a spokeswoman for Gov. Mike DeWine confirmed. Shock oversees food and beverage needs for meetings, activities and events at the Bexley mansion, said Eve Mueller, deputy director of communications for Gov. DeWine, in an email.

The Governor’s Residence job follows a bumpy couple of years for Shock. In early 2017, she closed her Old North Columbus restaurant that she and her husband, Kevin Bertschi, operated for 18 years. Then came a fire at her Clintonville home, teaching a monthlong cooking class in Belize and perhaps the strangest gig of all: tending bar at the TGI Fridays at Cedar Point, the amusement park in Sandusky.

Shock returned to the Columbus dining scene in early 2019 with the opening of Actual Brewing Co.’s new Clintonville brewpub. The job was short-lived. After multiple women accused Actual owner Fred Lee of sexual assault and misconduct in a February Columbus Alive article, the business closed, and the company filed for bankruptcy. (Shock has previously said she was unaware of the allegations against Lee.)

Mueller said a “friend of a friend” recommended Shock to the DeWines. In addition to her duties at the residence, Shock, a farm-to-table pioneer, assists Fran DeWine with her initiatives on children’s nutrition, such as helping prepare the first lady for an upcoming appearance at the Ohio State Fair, where she will offer an educational program on cooking and agriculture.

Shock declined an interview request for this story.

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