Charleston chef Sean Brock won the nation's highest culinary honor, a James Beard Foundation award, Monday night in New York City.
Brock of McCrady's beat out Chapel Hill chefs Bill Smith and Andrea Reusing of Crook's Corner and Lantern respectively for best chef in the Southeast.
Upon taking the stage and receiving the award, Brock said, "Holy shit. I didn't prepare a speech because the other nominees are much better cooks than I am. I look up to them."
Brock added: "Things I love: the South, my wife, family, food, bourbon and life."
This was Smith's second nomination, and Reusing's first nomination.
- From Andrea, who is currently attending the awards