The best way to get to know Charleston is through its food
Not long ago, Southern food wasn’t thought of as anything to be celebrated. But chefs like Sean Brock have helped change that. Chefs who have called Charleston, South Carolina, home are elevating a cuisine that is seeped in tradition.
Foodies take note: Charleston is one Southern city that belongs on your bucket list. With various award-winning chefs in the city, there is no shortage of tantalizing dishes to taste.
Here are a few of our favorite Charleston chefs and why we love them.
In 2010, James Beard Foundation named Sean Brock the best chef in the Southeast, and his masterpieces have only been getting better. He is the founding chef of HUSK Restaurant, with locations in Charleston, Greensville, Savannah and Nashville.
To get fresh ingredients for his delicacies, Brock has only to run up to his rooftop garden. Limited by seasonal availability in his garden and local producers, he changes up his menu depending on what’s ripe. The results are an inventive twist on traditional Lowcountry cuisine.
Chef Brock will soon open his flagship restaurant in East Nashville, named after his Grandmother Audrey. If you want to cook like Brock at home, check out his two cookbooks, Heritage and South, both are New York Times Best Sellers.
Seafood lovers shouldn’t miss The Ordinary in Charleston. In 2009, the restaurant’s Chef and Partner Mike Lata was the James Beard Foundation’s pick for the Southeast.
Despite the restaurant’s name, Lata’s culinary creations are far from ordinary. The Ordinary is known for its freshly caught fish, paired with seasonal ingredients, and an impressive cocktail menu.
Ramone Dickerson, named a South Carolina Chef Ambassador in 2016, creates an indulgent take on a traditional favorite — chicken wings. Beyond the original, he figured out an inventive way to stuff chicken wings.
Diners can treat their tastebuds to a variety of fillings such as mac and cheese, jambalaya, or jalapeño peppers with bacon and cheddar cheese.
Enjoy his dishes at 2 Fat 2 Fly, either the restaurant or the food truck.
If you want to get to know Charleston’s best food spots, you should really seek out Chef Forrest Parker. Through Undiscovered Charleston, Parker provides tours that showcase the best of Charleston’s food scene and historical sites.
For many reasons, Parker is the right man for the job. He is a South Carolinian through and through. Parker was born, raised, and educated in South Carolina. In 2016, he was named a South Carolina Chef Ambassador.
Undiscovered Charleston said it best. “Chef Forrest Parker is a visionary who calls upon the culture, history and flavor traditions of South Carolina to create heritage-infused experiences.”
Another 2016 South Carolina Chef Ambassador, Teryi Youngblood, is the Chef de Cuisine at Passerelle Bistro. This creative chef combines the rich flavors of South Carolina with all the sophistication of French cooking.
Teryi developed a love of cooking as a child and never had any formal chef training. Instead, she worked as a pharmacy technician before going on to follow her dream of being a chef.
Anyone who has tried her dishes agrees, she made the right career change.
A Distinguished List of Charleston Chefs
Of course, these are only a few of many incredible Charleston chefs. The city is a veritable playground for foodies and tourists who love a good meal.
Go, try a few restaurants for yourself and let us know who you think should be added to the list.