Starting with a small fried fish shack in Durham, chef Ricky Moore is on top of the culinary world.

Moore is North Carolina’s latest James Beard award winner, bringing home Best Chef: Southeast for his Saltbox Seafood Joint.

Known as the Oscars of the food world, the James Beard Foundation’s chef and restaurant awards have been on hiatus since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. This month, the awards gala returned to Chicago.

“It’s a beautiful thing to be recognized for what I’m doing currently,” Moore said in his acceptance speech. “I got burned out being an executive chef here and executive chef there. So my restaurant was sort of like my apprenticeship to entrepreneurship. And I put my heart and soul in it.”

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