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Chef Bruce Moffett’s culinary journey began in Barrington, Rhode Island, long before he knew he wanted to be a chef. He began cooking at a young age, using recipes from his grandmother. Barrington’s inﬂuence on his life and cooking style led him to name his ﬁrst Charlotte restaurant after his hometown. But cooking was not Bruce’s ﬁrst career. It wasn’t until after earning a Political Science degree from the University of Rhode Island and brieﬂy working the political circuit in D.C., that Bruce decided his true passion lied in the culinary arts industry. He was then formally trained at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. After graduating from CIA with honors, Bruce gained restaurant experience in both Atlanta and Boston. Most notably, he worked in the kitchen at two of Boston’s most prestigious restaurants, L’Espalier and Metropolis Cafe. In 2000, Bruce moved to Charlotte to be closer to family where he opened his own restaurant, Barrington’s. He has been the Executive Chef there ever since and was recognized as a semi-ﬁnalist for James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southeast award in 2009. That same year, he opened his second restaurant, Good Food on Montford.
In 2013, Bruce expanded his culinary reign in Charlotte by opening Stagioni, a rustic Italian restaurant in an historic Tuscan-style villa. With the addition of his third restaurant, Moffett launched Moffett Restaurant Group, which oversees all three restaurants