Four S.C. chefs have been chosen by Gov. Henry McMaster to serve as 2018's S.C. Chef Ambassadors.
Each year, the governor chooses four chefs from a list of those nominated to serve as the state’s culinary ambassadors. The chosen chefs will participate in culinary, agriculture, and tourism events throughout the Southeast in 2018, including cooking demonstrations.
The four chefs chosen for 2018 are:
- Sarah McClure, executive chef at Southside Smokehouse in Landrum
- Kiki Cyrus, owner and executive chef of Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles in Columbia
- Heidi Vukov, owner and executive chef of Croissants Bistro & Bakery and Hook & Barrel in Myrtle Beach
- Michelle Weaver, executive chef of Charleston Grill in Charleston
“These four women are among the best and brightest culinary stars in our state,” McMaster said. “Being named an S.C. Chef Ambassador allows these chefs to shine a unique spotlight on not only their exceptional talents but also on the destinations in South Carolina where they live and work. We encourage visitors and locals to make the trip and dine in each of their restaurants to see all that South Carolina has to offer.”
The Chef Ambassadors program was created three years ago, said Duane Parrish, executive director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, “as an effort to promote South Carolina as a culinary destination by highlighting chefs who use locally grown and harvested items on their menus and who offer distinctive flavors and tastes in their restaurants.”