This time around, former executive chef Steve Stone is returning to the position. Stone, who attended Johnson & Wales University, served as the downtown restaurant’s executive chef from 1991-2005.
Stone replaces Nick Ingram, who was hired last November. Ingram, a line cook at 39 Rue de Jean prior to taking over 82 Queen’s kitchen, is facing indecent exposure charges in connection with a College of Charleston student’s allegations that she was flashed while walking to class. There is no indication that Ingram’s hasty departure from the restaurant was related to his legal affairs.
“Chef Ingram decided to go in a different direction and the 82 Queen staff wishes him well on his next endeavors,” restaurant publicist Katey Warren says.
Warren declined to say when Ingram left the restaurant, but revealed the latest executive chef search was “extensive.”
After leaving 82 Queen, Stone joined Boone Hall Farm’s Farmers Market Store as its general manager. According to a release announcing his reappointment, he plans to “introduc(e) new dishes that utilize the abundance of local ingredients Charleston’s summer season offers .” Those dishes apparently include grilled quail with grits and greens; linguini with clams and a pork chop with sweet potato griddle cakes.
“We have always had a close relationship with Steve so we’re glad to have him back at the helm,” the release quotes owner Jonathan Kish as saying.
For more information about 82 Queen, visit 82queen.com, or call 723-7591.