Sean Brock

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Sean Brock
Homer Sean Brock

(1978-02-28) February 28, 1978 (age 41)
EducationJohnson & Wales University
Spouse(s)Tonya Combs
Adi Noe (m. 2019)
Culinary career
Cooking styleSouthern cuisine

Sean Brock is an American chef specializing in Southern cuisine.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Brock is originally from Pound in rural southwest Virginia. Brock graduated from culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in 2000.[2]


He has been the executive chef at Charleston, South Carolina's Husk since its opening in 2010, as well as a partner at McCrady's Restaurant.[3] The menu at Husk uses authentically Southern ingredients and also food grown in Brock's own garden.[2] He is noted for preserving Southern foodways and heirloom ingredients, and collaborates with David Shields, the McClintock Professor of Southern Letters at University of South Carolina.[4] A second Husk location opened in Nashville in 2013.

In 2015 Brock opened Minero at Ponce City Market, Atlanta, Georgia.[5] In November 2017, Brock opened the third Husk location in Greenville, South Carolina, in the city's West End district. In January 2018, Brock opened the fourth Husk location in Savannah, Georgia, in a restored building in the city’s landmark historic district.

In the winter of 2018, Brock announced the end of his partnership with the Neighborhood Dining Group, ending his involvement with McCrady's Restaurant and Minero.[6] He will maintain a title of "founding chef and culinary advisor" at all four Husk locations. In late 2019/early 2020, he will open a two-story restaurant in East Nashville, Tennessee centered around Appalachian cuisine.[6][7]


In 2010, he won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Southeast. He has also been nominated for Outstanding Chef and Rising Star Chef.

Bon Appétit Magazine named Husk the “Best New Restaurant in America” in 2011.[8]

Brock's first cookbook, Heritage was released in October 2014 and is a New York Times bestseller.[9] His Heritage cookbook also won the James Beard Foundation's award in the American Cooking category in April 2015.[10]


Brock was one of the hosts of the second season of The Mind of a Chef. For his work on the show, Brock was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Culinary Host category. He was also a featured chef in the sixth season of Netflix's Chef's Table.

Personal life[edit]

He was previously married to high school sweetheart, Tonya Combs, marrying in 2006.[11][12] The couple later divorced.

In 2016, after undergoing testing and various surgeries for three years, he was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis at Mayo Clinic.[13]

In February 2019, he and his girlfriend, Adi Noe, eloped.[13] On February 27, 2019, Noe gave birth to their son, Leo Joshua.


  1. ^ Bilger, Burkhard (October 31, 2011). "True Grits". The New Yorker.
  2. ^ a b "Johnson & Wales University: Ask James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sean Brock". Johnson & Wales University. 2014. Archived from the original on 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2014-09-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ mccradys. "Sean Brock's high concept McCrady's Restaurant reboot pays off". Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  4. ^ "David S. Shields: Short Vita" (PDF). University of South Carolina. 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-09. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Ligaya Figueras, Atlanta Restaurant Scene. "Sneak a peek at Sean Brock's Minero, opening today at Ponce City Market". ajc. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b Buch, Clarissa (January 24, 2019). "Sean Brock Plans Massive Nashville Restaurant Complex Dedicated to Appalachian Cuisine". Food & Wine.
  7. ^ Ramsey, Delia Jo (January 24, 2019). "Sean Brock's Sprawling Project Will Feature Casual Dining and Upstairs Tasting Menu". Nashville Eater.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-31. Retrieved 2015-01-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Heritage - Workman Publishing". Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  10. ^ Gidick, Kinsey. "Sean Brock's Heritage cookbook wins James Beard Award". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  11. ^ "5 Questions: Sean Brock". January 9, 2013.
  12. ^ Steingarten, Jeffrey (July 10, 2012). "Fresh Prince: Charleston Chef Sean Brock Reinvents Southern Cooking". Vogue.
  13. ^ a b Martin, Brett (November 18, 2016). "How Visionary Chef Sean Brock Nearly Went Blind". GQ.