One Chef’s Suggestion for Charleston

September 15, 2010
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

Charleston, SC has been one of my favorite food cities for years.  I went several times when I was the Executive Chef at Meriwether’s in the early 2000’s, and enjoyed each visit more than the last.  The food was amazing, and the chefs really pushed the envelope on the ‘new southern’ cuisine.  
I had a chance to go back a few weeks ago for the first time in at least eight years.  I hate to say that I was really disappointed.  Don’t get me wrong, the food was still good….it was just the same food that was there a decade ago.  In addition to the food being the same, it’s like the sustainability & local movements have just bypassed Charleston.