Ken Vedrinski

Participating Chef

Ken Vedrinski is executive chef, owner and sommelier of his all Italian seafood restaurant that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, Coda del Pesce, as well as his charming downtown Charleston restaurant, Trattoria Lucca, both recently ranked among Charleston’s Best Restaurants by Zagat.  A three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist, he found his “place” in Charleston, a long…

Ken Vedrinski is executive chef, owner and sommelier of his all Italian seafood restaurant that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, Coda del Pesce, as well as his charming downtown Charleston restaurant, Trattoria Lucca, both recently ranked among Charleston’s Best Restaurants by Zagat.  A three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist, he found his “place” in Charleston, a long way from land-locked Columbus, Ohio where he was born. Vedrinski grew up cooking in his grandmother’s Italian infused kitchen. Vedrinski also served as executive chef at The Restaurant at Woodlands Inn & Resort where he earned the only Mobile Five-Stars awarded to a South Carolina restaurant. The downtown Charleston restaurant was a James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant, and Vedrinski was also recognized as a James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Chef in the Southeast. Ken aired on an episode of “Beat Bobby Flay” on the Food Network and beat Bobby with his signature gnudi. 

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