Ask James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sean Brock

The future is all about growing local, says Johnson & Wales University grad Sean Brock. “People are going to start paying attention to where their food comes from.”

That’s exactly what he’s doing at his hit Charleston restaurants, McCrady’s and Husk. Everything on Husk’s menu originates below the Mason-Dixon line, with the New York Times and Vogue taking note.

“Growing my own food changed my life,” says Sean. Now, he improvises his menu every day, based on what’s fresh.

Brock isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. He grows as much as he can in his own organic farm. What he can't use immediately in the kitchen, he pickles — just like his grandmother used to do when he was growing up in rural Virginia

The NY Times called the food at JWU alum Sean Brock's restaurant, Husk, “local cooking at its best.” Culinary Career Advice
From Chef Sean Brock '00
Food Network’s “Challenge: The Next Great Chef”
James Beard Award winner
Chef, McCrady’s, Husk and Husk Nashville

Favorite memory of JWU? My first class was stocks and sauces. I learned so much in that class; things that I still use on a daily basis. It’s the backbone of cooking.

How do you manage the work/life balance? My work is my life and my life is my work. I made that decision 10 years ago. There’s no turning back now!

Greatest lesson you learned at JWU? Being a chef is much more than just cooking. The sooner you realize that, the better chef you’ll be.

Advice for new grads? Set goals that are incredibly difficult to achieve. They should seem unattainable. Then go after them.

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