In a press release, Governor Nikki Haley said, “We’re proud of South Carolina’s unique culinary history and culture, and we couldn’t be more excited that our four Chef Ambassadors have the chance to showcase for the entire country their award-winning work.”
The chefs, Ramone Dickerson of Wing City and 2Fat2Fly in Columbia; Teryi Youngblood, of Passerelle Bistro in Greenville; Orchid Paulmeier, of One Hot Mama’s at Hilton Head Island; and Forrest Parker, of Old Village Post House in Mt. Pleasant, will be preparing a private lunch and a public dinner. The chefs will incorporate as many Certified SC Grown products into their five-course menus as possible and will showcase the state’s rich agriculture, deep rooted culinary history and diverse goods.
The James Beard House is known for celebrating, nurturing and preserving America’s culinary heritage and future and it is considered an honor to be able to cook there.
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The South Carolina Chef Ambassador program is the brainchild of Governor Haley and Chef Brandon Velie, of Juniper in Ridge Spring, and was developed to bring continued awareness to South Carolina’s world-class epicurean offerings and culinary talent, while also highlighting the state’s unique and varied travel destinations – those best known and those off the beaten path.
The program is managed by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.