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After years working as local celebuchef Sean Brock’s second in command, Travis Grimes is finally stepping into the lead role at Husk. Today, the Neighborhood Dining Group announced that Grimes had been promoted to executive chef of Husk, the place he’s called his culinary home since the celebrated terroir-centric Southern eatery opened in 2010. Prior to that, he worked with Brock at Husk’s sister restaurant McCrady’s.

With Brock multitasking his little lardcore loving heart out — opening a Husk in Nashville and Charleston’s Mexican-inspired fast casual eatery Minero; writing one of the most mission-minded cookbooks around, 2014’s Heritage; and hosting the Emmy Award-winning PBS series “The Mind of a Chef” — Grimes has long been the day-to-day leader in Husk’s busy kitchen. But now it’s official. 

“I couldn’t be more excited or honored to accept this responsibility! The years of knowledge, inspiration, and trust that Sean Brock has shared with me have influenced me in every way possible,” Grimes says. “Our menu will continue to change daily, being influenced by the changing seasons and all of our incredible local farmers. Sean and I will continue to collaborate on menu ideas together as we always have in the past.”

Meanwhile, Neighborhood Dining Group President David Howard says, “At Neighborhood Dining Group we pride ourselves in recognizing loyalty, talent and promoting from within. Travis has proven his culinary capabilities and leadership time and time again and we’re honored to have him on our team.”

As early adopters of the Husk Cheeseburger and fans of the smokey Southern goodies that roll out of Queen Street eatery’s kitchen, we can’t wait to see how Husk evolves under Grimes.