Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chef Kevin Mitchell is Tapped as One of Charleston's "Food Scene Stars"

According to The Post & Courier, "The Lowcountry's restaurant and hospitality industry has risen to national prominence because of many talented, hard-working people. Here are a few key leaders who have made and continue to make a difference."
Chef Mitchell was tapped along with Charleston Grill General Manager Mickey Bakst, McCrady's and Husk Executive Chef Sean Brock, JMC Charleston event company owner Mitchell Crosby, celebrity authors Matt and Ted Lee, restaurateur Dick Elliott, and Charleston Wine + Food Festival Director Angel Postell.

"Charleston’s chef corps is hungry for diversity. Kevin Mitchell is trying to change that. Hired in 2008 as the first African-American instructor at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, Mitchell quickly emerged as a role model for students. He had helped found the national Black Culinarian Alliance earlier in his career. Mitchell established the Bridging Culinary Awareness chapter at the school in 2010 with goal of promoting diversity and opportunity among culinary students.

"Mitchell has a finger in several other pots, too. He has worked with the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival as a host dine-around chef. He was a judge this year at the National Pro-Start Invitational, a culinary competition for high schoolers, held in Overland Park, Kan. Mitchell also was one of only three Charleston chefs named to the Founders Council of the inaugural Atlanta Food & Wine Festival this year; the others were Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Mike Lata of FIG." The Post & Courier, September 3, 2011

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