Commissioner Hugh Weathers: 2019 Chef Ambassadors

From the upcountry to the coast, South Carolina is home to amazing cuisine and an abundance of delicious, locally grown products. In its 5th year, the South Carolina Chef Ambassador program recognizes chefs who embody the best of South Carolina’s food scene and are dedicated to sourcing local. Commissioner Hugh Weathers joins me now with more.

  • Again this year, SCDA is excited to work on this initiative with the Governor’s Office and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. It is truly a team effort.
  • Combing the expertise and efforts of the Department of Ag and PRT and the industries we represent allows us to showcase South Carolina agricultural commodities, creative recipes and amazing destinations. Basically it’s another way to reinforce the importance of buying local and supporting local businesses/towns.
  • We continue to bring more awareness to SCDA’s Certified SC Grown program by increasing demand for locally grown agricultural products across the state.
  • The fourth class of Chef Ambassadors participated in many events last year including: Charleston Wine+Food Festival, the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, and EUPHORIA, the culinary event in Greenville. They also participate in SEWE and help with our cooking demonstrations.
  • As you can see, they had the opportunity to be a part of a number of noteworthy and prestigious events, promoting South Carolina as a great place to experience fine food.
  • Highlighting both discovered and undiscovered regions throughout the state, the Chef Ambassadors are making waves in the culinary world.
  • This year’s slate will represent the state at various events and will perform cooking demonstrations with locally grown products, conduct educational discussions on healthy eating for children, demonstrate how easy it is to incorporate buying local into every day meal planning, and showcase South Carolina’s agriculture and tourism.
  • They were selected for their commitment to serving Certified SC Grown and for their efforts to establish their restaurants as destinations – all of which are Fresh on the Menu restaurants. Check out our app for more information on these and others across the state.
  • Here are this year’s South Carolina Chef Ambassadors. There are five this year to represent the 5th year of the program.
    • Brandon Carter of FARM in Bluffton, SC
    • Marc Collins of Circa 1886 in Charleston, SC
    • Tania Harris of The Lazy Goat in Greenville, SC
    • Jessica Shillato of Spotted Salamander in Columbia, SC
    • Kelly Vogelheim of Town Hall in Florence, SC