In 2019 Chef Sean Brock announced he was leaving Charleston and closing the book on over a decade of exploring Lowcountry cooking at renowned restaurants McCrady’s and Husk. Raised in rural Virginia, he has been involved in the repatriation of the Southern pantry and cuisine for the past 20 years. In 2010, Brock won the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Southeast, and is a four-time finalist for Outstanding Chef, as well as a three-time finalist for Rising Star Chef. His first cookbook, Heritage, is a New York Times Bestseller and winner of the 2015 James Beard Award for American Cooking. Brock hosted season 2 of the Emmy Award-winning television show Mind of a Chef, produced by Anthony Bourdain. Sean is currently featured on season six of the popular Netflix show, Chef’s Table. In 2019 he released SOUTH, the highly anticipated follow up to his first cookbook, which was nominated for a James Beard Award and also became a New York Times Bestseller.
In 2020, Sean opened his ode to American Fast Food named JOYLAND in East Nashville, serving chicken on a stick, soft serve and classic burgers. In May of 2021, Sean opened THE CONTINENTAL, inspired by the glitzy, gourmet theatre of early hotel dining in America. Sean recently opened his flagship restaurant complex that houses AUDREY & JUNE in East Nashville. Chef Brock is approaching his next chapter with a simple but powerful mission: contribute to our local community, culture and cuisine in a lasting & impactful way.