Chef Andrew Venable
Chef de Cuisine, The Ocean Room, Kiawah Island
Art has always played a defining role in the life of Andrew Venable, Chef de Cuisine of The Ocean Room in The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – the resort’s Forbes Four Star/AAA Four Diamond steakhouse.
After earning Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Venable discovered that food was his real passion – a passion where his artistic flair and imagination could flourish. Fresh out of college, he worked in some of Philadelphia’s top rated kitchens and, at the young age of 24, his drive and passion was rewarded when he was named Chef de Cuisine at Guru, a Pan Asian bistro in the bustling South Street area of Philadelphia. His work there gained notice and he was quickly wooed away by a notable regional chef to join an award-winning team in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Working in Chester County introduced Venable to local farms and ranches where he developed and cultivated strong relationships. Through these relationships he gained a passion and knowledge for farm fresh and locally grown and sourced products. Seeking to expand his horizons, the cutting-edge culinary world of Charleston caught Venable’s eye and in the summer of 2008 he moved south joining the Ocean Room team at The Sanctuary. Once again working his way up the ranks he soon became Sous Chef at the Ocean Room as it transitioned into Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s prime steakhouse experience. He was a driving force of The Ocean Room’s team in developing strong relationships with local farmers and purveyors – a hallmark of The Ocean Room that has helped make it so popular. Chef Venable is excited about the future of The Ocean Room and his role in its continued success.