Special Menu Items from the Quarterdeck to be Showcased Nationally on July 26

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (July 22, 2022)The Sea Pines Resort’s Executive Chef Ben Harris will appear nationally on NBC’s TODAY Show 3rd Hour on Tuesday, July 26.

The 3rd Hour team was so impressed with Chef Ben’s recipe for Fried Street Corn Elote Fingers (with Cojita cheese, Tajin, cilantro aoli) during their June visit to Hilton Head Island, that they invited him to New York City to prepare the dish in front of a national viewing audience.  He will also prepare a second appetizer, Local Charcoal-Roasted Shrimp, infused with garlic butter, Old Bay, and Heritage Farm fine herbs. 

Harris, who oversees the culinary operation at The Sea Pines Resort’s newly opened Quarterdeck Restaurant, will appear between 9 and 10 am.

Harris, who has been at The Sea Pines Resort since March 2018, brings an innovative energy to all the resort’s restaurants. His approach consists of an emphasis on local ingredients, which includes building relationships with the Lowcountry’s finest purveyors and fishermen. He also works closely with Heritage Farm in Sea Pines, using herbs and greens grown within the community. Harris introduced an entirely new menu concept at Coast, Oceanfront Dining, elevating the cuisine at this  popular beachside restaurant before moving over to Quarterdeck this year.

Originally from Raleigh, NC, Ben Harris started his culinary career at an oyster bar in Greenville while in college. He later arrived at Poogan’s Porch as a sous chef, quickly impressing then-Executive Chef Daniel Doyle. Harris was promoted to chef de cuisine, where he and Doyle elevated the menu and created culinary techniques that made them quite popular in Charleston.

After just two years at Poogan’s Porch, which included an inaugural James Beard House dinner in 2012, Harris left to help open Republic Garden and Lounge. After successfully opening Republic, he moved to Raleigh to assist a 15-year-old restaurant, Midtown Grille, gaining success in the area with local modern cuisine and partnerships with local farmers.

He returned to Charleston in 2016 to accept a position as executive chef of Poogan’s Porch. Harris loved the challenge of maintaining a 40-year history of the restaurant, while still evolving the menu with innovative dishes. 

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