Lewis has a passion for the family farm and its deep history. Following graduation from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, he worked on a thoroughbred farm in Lexington, Kentucky. In order to secure a more financially stable career, he pursued another long-standing family tradition — the practice of law. Following his graduation from Ohio Northern University’s Petit College of Law, he practiced law in Lexington for seven years. He then moved back to his hometown of Charleston, West Virginia to become the Vice President of Operations for several land holding companies, and ultimately help revive the family farm and its salt-making practices. Food and cooking have become a passion for him, and something he truly enjoys sharing with his children and with his wife Paige Stith Payne. Paige and Lewis have been married for 16 years and have a son Davis and a daughter Cameron.