Kevin Johnson Executive Chef & Owner
Chef Kevin Johnson realized his long-time dream when he opened The Grocery with his wife Susan in December 2011. A Johnson & Wales University graduate, Johnson cooked under such renowned chefs as Patrick O’Connell at The Inn at Little Washington and Frank Lee at Slightly North of Broad (SNOB). He was a semifinalist in the 2014 James Beard Award: Best Chef, Southeast category and was awarded the Marc Collins Chef Award at the 2015 BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival for his support of and contributions to the event.
Active in many events outside the restaurant, he was the headlining chef at Outstanding in the Field’s 2013 and 2015 dinner in South Carolina as well as the 2014 and 2015 Lowcountry Field Feast benefitting Lowcountry Local First, a favorite local charity. He is a member of the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival Board of Directors and he sits on the Atlanta Wine & Food Festival Advisory Council. Johnson has been an Adjunct Chef Instructor at the Culinary Institute of Charleston since fall 2010 and he is also on the Advisory Board at the Institute. When not in the kitchen at The Grocery, Johnson enjoys championing local causes and spending time his wife and their three young sons, whose initials inspired the naming of The Grocery.