Nathalie will make her conducting debut in the “Thunder and Lightning Polka” by Johann Strauss during the Sunset Serenade free concert, Friday, May 24, 2019 at 8:00 pm at the US Custom House on East Bay Street, sponsored by the City of Charleston as the kick-off to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Be sure to read about all of our wonderful and talented contestants below:



Anthony DiBernardo


  • Owner/Pitmaster/Chef of four Swig & Swine barbecue joints in SC
  • Son of a butcher who’s dedicated his life to food and family
  • Naval Cook in 1990 who joined Charleston’s exploding restaurant scene
  • Voted “Best Barbecue in Charleston” by Eater, Post & Courier, Charleston City Paper


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Nathalie Dupree


  • Authored fourteen cookbooks that began the New Southern Cooking movement. First cookbook writer inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors
  • Four James Beards Awards including Who’s Who in American Cooking
  • 2013 Named Woman of the Year by French Master Chefs of America
  • Founding President of Charleston Wine + Food Festival


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Mike Lata


  • Chef/Partner of FIG Restaurant and The Ordinary
  • 2009 won James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef
  • Nominated by James Beard Foundation for Outstanding Wine Program 2014-2016
  • Voted “Best Restaurant in Charleston” in Charleston City Paper


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Michelle Weaver


  • Executive Chef of Charleston Grill
  • Creator of food that celebrates Southern roots and global palates
  • Blends the best of the Lowcountry bounty to celebrate Charleston’s rich history
  • Cooking philosophy: “Use what’s in season, fresh and sprinkle it with love”


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