After working his way up from dishwasher to head chef at Crook's Corner, Stehling moved to New York where he worked under such chefs as Brendan Walsh (Arizona 206), John Schenck (Monkey Bar) and David Page (Home Restaurant).
Since opening the Hominy Grill, Chef Stehling has garnered significant praise both nationally and locally for his devotion to classic southern dishes and an ability to innovate while remaining true to the roots of southern tradition.
He may take it seriously, but he also has fun with food, updating Southern classics by borrowing from other traditions or adding a twist of hi own. He looks to the seasons and local sources to produce such feel-good specialties as fried catfish with poached eggs, shrimp gravy and grits and BLT's made with fried green tomatoes. Hospitable, unpretentious and layered with deep flavor, Stehling's cooking showcases Southern heritage past and present.
He is deeply committed to serving fresh seasonal food prepared from ingredients that are produced locally whenever possible. Hominy Grill is a proud member of the SC Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Project as well as other groups and national organizations which seek to encourage sustainable practices and improve the quality and taste of food we eat.
In 2008, Stehling was named Best Chef Southeast by the prestigious James Beard Foundation, making him the first Charleston-based chef to win this award.
Hominy Grill is a Charleston institution serving classic southern specialties that taste just like Grandma used to make (if Grandma had known how to cook, that is!) They don't open any cans; all is prepared from scratch with fresh, locally raised ingredients and are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.