Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Chef Williams Gets Props from the City Paper

Chef Williams in the Zero Cafe kitchen.
Photo by Jonathan Boncek of the
Charleston City Paper.
CIC Adjunct Chef Instructor Randy Williams is the man who makes the magic Thursday through Saturday at one of Charleston's newest hot spots, Zero Café.  

From the City Paper: "A sign hangs over a big red door, but that's not the entrance. To find Zero Café, you need to trespass upon Zero George Hotel's main courtyard, space that until a month ago was reserved solely for the boutique hotel's guests. The property, owned by former Orient-Express president Dean Andrews, has been open since February, quietly garnering rave reviews ever since. In June, Travel + Leisure named it one of the world's best new hotels for 2013.

"Expectations for the recently opened cafe are similarly high, and chef Randy Williams easily rises to the challenge with a seasonal menu of small plates and unique takes on classic cocktails.

"Although the decor embraces the casual luxury style currently in vogue, its fixtures and furnishings evoke a feeling of simple elegance rather than vintage industrial, better suited to sophisticates than hipsters. An exposed kitchen greets guests in the first room, and depending on the night, there may be a cluster of guests hovering nearby swapping trade secrets with Chef Williams. A short hallway leads to a second room that houses the small wooden bar. A third, in the back, holds several tables while on the patio there's plenty of room for al fresco dining." See more at:

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