IN THE KITCHEN WITH
Chef Samuel Houston of The Sandbar BY CHRISTY BARONI
PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN
Bright new colors and a spicy new menu are brightening up Coligny Circle! Also bright on the culinary scene is Chef Samuel Houston, who is bringing a new flair to seafood and the entire dining experience at The Sandbar. Chef Samuel is a local boy. Although he was raised in Beaufort and attended TCL Beaufort for Culinary School, his menu and approach to creating dishes is influenced from places far and wide. Shortly after graduating, he spent a few years working in hotels and restaurants in Orlando, FL. He loved the life there, but knew in his heart that being home on the island was where he wanted to re-plant his roots. He feels fortunate to have spent some time in some of the best kitchens on this island. He worked at Hudson’s for many years and also spent 19 years at Steamer Seafood. He worked his way through many roles at Steamer Seafood and was the Chef there for 10 of those years. He knows the local fare backwards and forwards, and uses this a launchpad for a new take on local favorites. His culinary expertise really grew after his first visit to Jamaica, where his wife is from. He explained that the street food scene in Jamaica is incredible. After being captivated by this experience he felt inspired to bring that vibe and those flavors back here. He continued to make frequent visits to Jamaica and worked closely with a Jamaican chef who taught him how to incorporate new flavors in to dishes he already knew. He has taken that knowledge and poured it into the menu for us here on our island! You have the benefit of this influence when you visit The Sandbar. His favorite item on the menu is the Jerk Chicken. He knows that many of our local seafood places offer something similar, but his is unique. He prepares this dish with a special dry rub that sets this dish apart. When he’s not at The Sandbar, he enjoys spending time with this wife. He chuckled when asked what he likes to cook at home and said, “My wife loves to cook too and she kicks me out of the kitchen most of the time!” Being raised in Jamaica she also has a passion for Caribbean flavors and trying new things in the kitchen. Another passion of his outside of the kitchen is hitting Powerhouse Gym in Bluffton. Chef Samuel is proud that when you walk into The Sandbar you can expect something different. It’s not just really good seafood, you actually walk into a slice of Caribbean life. The atmosphere, the smells, the vibe, the menu, and last but not least, the food and flavors. Be sure to visit The Sandbar and Chef Samuel very soon!
THE SANDBAR | Coligny Plaza at 101 Pope Ave. | (843) 342-SAND | www.sandbarhhi.com 24
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