Two things you can definitely find in Charleston – great food and award-winning chefs.  For three consecutive years a Charleston chef received the coveted James Beard award for Best Chef: Southeast. Robert Stehling of  Hominy Grill, FIG's Mike Lata and Sean Brock, owner of Husk and McCrady's share this distinction. In 2011, Craig Diehl, executive chef of Cypress, was a finalist for the same award.

Not only are Charleston chefs recognized for their work in the kitchen, but also for giving back to the community. They are passionate about food and they have a heart for those who are less fortunate. Mickey Bakst, general manager of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place Hotel, organized Charleston Chefs Feed the Need, a program designed to feed the homeless and hungry in the Charleston area. Currently, 52 Charleston restaurant owners staff the program, taking turns preparing the food for those in need. In April 2011, the National Restaurant Association honored Charleston Chefs Feed the Need for its outstanding community service. 

The accolades are endless for Charleston area chefs, many of whom take pride in serving fresh, local  seafood and produce.