Chef Jon Buck. Photo by Will Crooks / Greenville Journal

Husk Greenville executive chef Jon Buck has been named a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast.

“I’m so honored to receive this recognization alongside these amazing chefs in the Southeast,” Buck said. “My nomination is the result of all the hard work and dedication of the people of Greenville: our restaurant family, the incredible farmers we get to work with each day, and the community that supports us and let’s us do what we love. This is really a testament to the great team behind me.”

The final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, as well as the nominees for Media and Restaurant Design Awards will be announced in Houston on Wednesday, March 27.

Buck opened Husk Greenville in 2017 as chef de cuisine under chef Sean Brock’s executive leadership. When James Beard Award winner Brock stepped away from that role to focus on a new venture in Nashville, Tenn., Buck assumed the executive chef position in August 2018.

Buck is the third Greenville chef or restaurant to be recognized by the national organization. Last year, The Anchorage with executive chef Greg McPhee, was named a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant. In 2008, chef John Malik of 33 Liberty Restaurant was a semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast.

Also in the running in the same category this year is a former Greenville chef, Steven Devereaux Greene, now at Herons in Cary, N.C. Greene was executive chef of Devereaux’s, which was part of the Table 301 Restaurant Group before it closed in 2013.

Buck was born and raised in Hilton Head Island, and joined The Neighborhood Dining Group in 2013 as Chef de Partie at Husk Charleston. At Husk Charleston, Buck was promoted to Sous Chef, followed by Executive Sous Chef before being named Chef de Cuisine in Husk Greenville.

View the complete list of semifinalists here.

About the James Beard Foundation:

“For more than 30 years, the James Beard Foundation has highlighted the centrality of food culture in our daily lives. . . As part of our mission to make America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to cultivating leadership, recognizing excellence, and producing results through our programs and awards.” 

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