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Brock brings this evolving vision of a new Southern cuisine from his successful kitchen at McCradyâ€™s. As one of Charlestonâ€™s most decorated culinarians, he was nominated in 2008 and 2009 for the James Beard â€śRising Star Chefâ€ť award and in 2009 and 2010 for the James Beard â€śBest Chef Southeastâ€ť category, winning the award in 2010. Most recently, he was nominated for the James Beard â€śOutstanding Chefâ€ť award for 2013. He was the winner of the â€śNext Great Chefâ€ť episode of the â€śFood Network Challengeâ€ť and appeared on â€śIron Chef Americaâ€ť in December 2010, taking on Michael Symon in â€śBattle Pork Fat.â€ť
Brock and Chef de Cuisine Jon Buck exhaustively research Southern foodâ€”its history and provenanceâ€”and in the process reconstitute flavors and ingredients lost to time. They collect all their products from surrounding farms, and concentrate on heirloom grains and vegetables that once flourished in the region, but were lost to 20th-century industrial agriculture. Then they take what is fresh and available today, or even this hour, and transform it into an evolving menu. Seasonal bounty comes in waves, however, and what they canâ€™t use immediately is preserved, pickled, smoked, and saved.
The menu flourishes with Upcountry ingredients, like White Acre Peas, which flavors a Cherokee Bean Cake . Other examples include Sassafras Glazed Pork Ribs with Pickled Peaches and Rev Taylor Butter Beans; House Cured Country Ham Tasting with Acorn Griddle Cakes; and Rabbit-Pimento Loaf with Husk Mustard, Pickles and Rice Bread.