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Continually inspired by Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry, Chef Forrest Parker studies the history and people of South Carolina through the lens of food. Here in the Palmetto State he is as passionate about the stories of our shared past as he is excited for our common future.
Charleston educated and trained, Parker grew up in Anderson, S.C. He attended College of Charleston and worked as a licensed tour guide prior to training with James Beard Chef Louis Osteen at Louis’s Restaurant on Meeting St. Most recently, Parker helped revive the historic Old Village Post House, near idyllic Shem Creek. For 5 years, he cooked in partnership with celebrated Chef Frank Lee, himself a founder of the Charleston dining scene. He recognized early on that both locals and guests “from off” found strong value and better flavor in Certified SC produce and seafood. Parker found close kinships with the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the restoration of historic grains and vegetables specific to the agricultural history of SC, and with the Clemson Organic Research Extension.
“In my estimation, the research being conducted here in South Carolina is the most relevant work being done and is unlike anything going on elsewhere in the United States. It also makes Charleston one of the most delicious dining destinations anywhere.” – Chef Forrest Parker
An entrepreneur by nature, Parker has now come full circle, fusing his love of Charleston and the SC Lowcountry with his background as a licensed tour guide and chef. Launching in 2016, Undiscovered Charleston will be a food first destination management company offering thoughtfully curated experiences in Charleston and the SC Lowcountry.