Chef Forrest Parker

“Chef Forrest Parker is a visionary who calls upon the culture, history and flavor traditions of South Carolina to create heritage-infused experiences.”

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About Chef Forrest

The only licensed and certified chef tour-guide in Charleston, Chef Forrest Parker, was selected by the governor as a South Carolina Chef Ambassador in 2016, in his home state where he began in the culinary arts in 1995. Frequently covered by food writers, Parker’s innovative dishes, encyclopedic knowledge of Charleston history and commitment to championing the work of heritage food producers led to his roles as executive chef in some of the city’s finest restaurants, including Louis’s, Old Village Post House, The Drawing Room and Revival.

Chef Forrest with then Governor Nikki Haley and the S.C. Commissioners of Agriculture and Tourism

Chef, Teacher, Historian

Chef Forrest is teaching future culinarians as an instructor at Charleston Culinary Institute. He’s been a Charleston Wine and Food Festival featured chef for a decade with his guest Chefs Katie Button, Tandy Wilson, Kristin Essig, Barbara Lynch, Justin Smilie and Michael Gallina. Chef Forrest has also been a featured chef at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, and for four years at the Euphoria Food and Wine Festival in Greenville, not far from his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina.

Chef Forrest is a member of Charleston’s Palmetto Guild, the James Beard Foundation, the Southern Foodways Alliance and SlowFood Charleston.