Admit it. You’re a voyeur, just like the rest of us, and you like nothing more than seeing inside people’s homes. Cable channels are packed full of shows that reveal how people — ridiculously rich, compulsively messy, freakishly neat — live. The money shot on Cribs, the MTV show that takes us into the homes of ballers, rockers, and starlets, is getting that lingering look into their fridge, because what tells you more about a person than what and how they eat? Forget basketball players and singer-songwriters, we want to know what’s in the iceboxes of Charleston’s rock star chefs, avid culinarians, and ethnic cooks. Surely they have better secrets than Red Bull and Cristal. We sent photographers Paul Cheney and Jason Kaumeyer out to capture what they could for this column, a recurring look behind closed doors.

Chef Robert Carter

Peninsula Grill

Bob Carter is known for many things, not the least of which is his world famous coconut cake, which has appeared on both Bobby Flay’s Throwdown and CBS’s Chef on a Shoestring. Carter is also well-known for his upscale Southern comfort food, which he serves in one of the most exquisite fine dining rooms in the Lowcountry. At his marshfront home in Mt. Pleasant, Carter’s spacious, well-lit kitchen serves as his young family’s hub. By the looks of his refrigerator’s contents, his two sons are kept healthy and happy with good eats like homemade chili and plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. You won’t find a coconut cake in here, but you will find high-end espresso coffee destined for his Lavazza machine, which lives just to the left of his fridge.

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