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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 has twice cooked for the James Beard Foundation, was the winner of the â€śNext Great Chefâ€ť episode of the â€śFood Network Challenge,â€ť and appeared on â€śIron Chef Americaâ€ť in the fall of 2010. Most recently, he was nominated for the James Beard â€śOutstanding Chefâ€ť award for 2013.Â He was nominated in 2008 and 2009 for the James Beard â€śRising Star Chefâ€ť award, and in 2009 was nominated for the James Beard â€śBest Chef Southeastâ€ť award, which he won in 2010.
Diners at Husk view an open, collaborative kitchen, where chefs freely interact with their guests, and personally deliver food to tables, but the work begins well before a pan begins to heat. Brock and Chef de Cuisine Brian Baxter exhaustively research Southern foodâ€”its history and provenanceâ€”and in the process reconstitute flavors and ingredients lost to time. They grow much of their own produce on the restaurantâ€™s garden, 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 Lowcountry ingredients, like Local Benne Seed, or Sesame, which flavors a Benne and Honey Lacquered Duck with Pickled Blueberries and Chanterelles and Crispy Pork Collar gets paired with Cornbread PurĂ©e and Greasy Beans. Other innovative 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.