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In the Kitchen with Chef Heidi Trull

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Chefs Heidi and Joe Trull of Grits & Groceries in Belton

Heidi Trull was born in Sumter, and her husband, Joe, grew up working in his family's bakery in Winston-Salem, N.C.

After stops at several restaurants, he became the pastry chef at Emeril Lagasse's French Quarter restaurant, Nola. She also worked at a number of restaurants before joining him at Nola. The Trulls decided they wanted to return to the Carolinas to raise their son, Tom, and eventually opened Grits & Groceries in Belton.

The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, and Heidi Trull describes the food as eclectic soul food with a twist."

She answered a few questions:

Q: What or who inspired you to become a chef?
A:
My mother, because she didn't cook.

Q: What are you cooking these days that excites you the most?
A:
Excited to be making ice cream using Watson & Lisa Dorn's Hickory Hill Milk, a low temp producer who is local.

Q: What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever done in a restaurant kitchen?
A:
One time we sent a "to go" order out to a customer about 30 minutes away. It was three burgers. When they got to their destination, they discovered we had sent the buns only, no meat!

Q: Is there a food you simply refuse to eat?
A:
Chicken fingers.

Q: What would your dream meal be?
A:
Three courses of foie gras. I had this meal, by the way, on the final day of my latest trip to France. It was scrumptious.

Q: How important is presentation?
A:
100 percent.

Q: What's the best tip you can give a home cook?
A:
Eat out more often (!) and be adventurous with your ingredients.

Q: What is something you recently learned even after all of your cooking experience?
A:
Stuck on this one.....I know I did learn something just last week, but it escapes me. I said, "Hey! I learned something new."

Q: If you were not a chef, what would you be doing?
A:
A contractor or riding horses.

Gwen Fowler
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.