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One Wilmington chef is preparing to cook for North Carolina’s first female governor. Pat Green knows her way around Elijah’s kitchen. She started there as a shift manager two decades ago, and worked her way up. Green said cooking still brings her joy. “I love cooking, I love seeing the customers face when they get the food and they’re happy and they’re satisfied. That kind of stuff makes me happy.” On Friday, the customer Green hopes to make smile with her food will be North Carolina’s first female governor Bev Perdue. Green is among a small group of chefs chosen to cook for the inaugural ball in Raleigh. Green’s co-workers and customers both agree, Elijah’s signature crab dip is sure to please. Kemeisha McGhee, a diner at Elijah’s said, “It’s great, I love it. I always come here and get it. Every time I come, I get crab dip.” Even though Green’s been cooking in Elijah’s kitchen for 20 years, she said the food wouldn’t taste so good without the help of her co-workers. “It’s great, if I can keep them in line.” Green won’t have the comfort of her own kitchen or staff for the inauguration, but she’s confident the food will speak for itself. Green said she’s excited to see the look on the governor’s face when she enjoys the crab dip, but she won’t be able to stick around and schmooze, as she needs to be back in her kitchen by Saturday for the weekend crowds.


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