From foodies to families who are just looking for a good meal, Charlotte's local restaurant scene is pleasing patrons from all over the country. Here is a look at ten chefs that every Charlotte resident and visitor should know in 2013.
1. Blake Hartwick. Hartwick's unique take on traditional Southern dishes has earned him a job at many of the city's top restaurants, including Andrew Blair's and Bonterra. However, if you want to taste some of the dishes Hartwick is currently cooking up, you will have to have Something Classic cater your next affair. He currently works as the company's executive chef.
2. Marc Jacksina. Known as much for his eccentric personality as his impressive resume, Jacksina is currently feeding Charlotte at the high end restaurant Halcyon. He refers to his cuisine as "farmhouse chic" and relies on fresh and locally grown vegetables to complete his meals.
3. Tom Condron. Condron has worked in Europe and the United States and even served as the executive chef for the high-end restaurant group, Harper's, but today you can find him at his own place, The Liberty GastroPub. He says he left his high-profile position to offer more affordable options to the city's restaurant patrons.
4. Bruce Moffett. If you dream of eating a meal created by an actual James Beard "Best Chef, Southeast" semi-finalist, look no further than Barrington's or Good Food on Montford. Both restaurants are owned by Bruce Moffett, whose unique take on upscale American food is well-known throughout Charlotte and beyond.
5. Kerry Moffett. Of course, we cannot mention Bruce Moffett without mentioning his brother, Kerry. Kerry has put just as much work into Barrington's and Good Food on Montford as his brother, and as executive chef, he led the latter to become a "Best New Restaurant" shortly after it opened.
6. Cassie Parsons. Parsons began her career as a farmer. Since then, she has cooked for Harvest Moon Grill, started her own upscale food truck and in 2011, she was declared the "Restauranteur of the Year" by Charlotte Magazine.
7. Tim Groody. Groody currently oversees five restaurants for Charlotte's Frank Scibelli restaurant group, and according to many local publications, he is one of the city's greatest chefs. Having worked with the likes of Daniel Boulud and Ben Barker, it is no wonder Groody is considered one of the best of the best.
8. Chris Coleman. Coleman may be young, but his time on the Charlotte food scene has been influential. He serves as the founder and head chef of The Market Kitchen, Charlotte's first pop-up restaurant and hopes the concept will become popular in the city.
9. Alyssa Gorelic. When it comes to vegan eating, Gorelick is your girl. The former Fern, Flavors from the Garden executive chef can turn ingredients such as white beans, tofu, and hemp seed into a delicious burger that even the most serious carnivores will enjoy.
10. Gabriele Grigolon. Grigolon's Italian background makes him a hot commodity amongst Charlotte's European restaurants. Currently, you can find him at Malabar cooking up some delicious Spanish-inspired cuisine.