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Best Chefs Heating Up The Culinary Scene In Charlotte

August 8, 2012 6:00 AM

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Often, you walk into a restaurant and immediately assess the food. But how often do you get a chance to meet the genius behind such delicacies? These five chefs are heating up Charlotte kitchens from healthy vegetarian specialties to mouth-watering burgers, serving the Queen City with popular demand.
 Best Chefs Heating Up The Culinary Scene In Charlotte

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Alyssa Gorelick
1323 Central Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 377-1825

Chef Alyssa Gorelick heats up Fern’s kitchen in a vegan-friendly fashion. Since being appointed executive chef in 2011, Gorelick incorporates fresh, local products to inspire healthy eating habits in the Queen City. This chef takes her experience from Italy to create unique vegan cuisine including the famed buddha bowl – the essentials of beans, rice, greens and vegetables. Fern has become a staple for “healthy eating out” in Charlotte and has earned recognition from Food & Wine Magazine and Charlotte Observer, just to name a few. Eating right has never tasted so good.

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Emeril Lagasse
E2 Emeril’s Eatery

135 Levine Ave of the Arts, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 414-4787

In the midst of modern artwork in Uptown Charlotte lies E2. Emeril Lagasse, Food Network star and ABC “Good Morning America” food correspondent, recently brought his Cajun cuisine to North Carolina’s midland. E2 has been recognized as one of Charlotte’s Best of the Best 2012 in Charlotte Magazine and continues to gain admirers in the community. Stop by E2 for Emeril’s New Orleans style gumbo of the day with delicious steamed rice or curried shrimp salad with currants, almonds, green chilies and white bread, for dining in or “E2 GO.”

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Chris Coleman
The Market Kitchen

Various locations, NC

Chris Coleman offers the trendiest dinner around as founder and chef of The Market Kitchen. His menu may be difficult to find as it moves around to various locations, however it’s worth the search. Coleman initiates a new trend to the Queen City; bringing his menu to borrowed spaces ranging from museums to farms. Coleman was recently featured in an article for Charlotte Magazine, expressing his hopes for these “pop up restaurants” to be a continuing culinary scene in this city. Menu items have changed from oysters to a pig pickin’, so you can expect Chef Coleman to switch up the dishes as often as he changes venues. Check out his event lineup on the website to find a location that works for you.

Related: Best Vegetarian Spots In Charlotte

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Bruce Moffett 
Good Food on Montford

1701 Montford Dr
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 525-0881

Executive chef Bruce Moffett serves quality dishes to Charlotte for a second time. Moffett made his accomplished debut with Barrington’s and continues to prosper with this second restaurant. As a James Beard semi-finalist, Good Food on Montford features quality tapas such as quail lettuce wraps with marinated cucumber, Asian pear and chili and seared scallops with citrus-jalapeño Israeli couscous and pico de gallo. Moffett, with not only one but two successful restaurants in the city, proves to be one of the most popular chefs to watch.

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Gabriele Grigolon

214 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 344-8878

Executive chef Gabriele Grigolon cooks authentic European cuisine in Malabar’s kitchen. Malabar has become one of the hottest spots for tapas and Spanish wine, making Chef Grigolon equally as hot. Malabar, part of Conte Restaurant Group and former location of CoCo Osteria, became a noteworthy restaurant upon opening its doors with its new Spanish aroma. Thanks to Grigolon and his acclaimed menu featuring various paella dishes, Malabar has gained many returning guests within just a few months. If looking for an all-inclusive example of Grigolon’s style, order the paella royal that comes with chorizo, chicken, pork ribs, calamari, shrimp, clams, mussels and vegetables.

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Kate Heaton has literally lived up to her college mascot the Soaring Seahawk, as a flight attendant and graduate of UNC Wilmington, with a degree in Sociology and Communication Studies. When she is not soaring above clouds or at her base assignment in Roanoke, she resides in her hometown of Charlotte. Her work can be found at

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