Rising Star Chef Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder - Biography

Charleston, SC

November 2013

To say Josh Keeler is dedicated to the success of Two Boroughs Larder is an understatement. Since opening the restaurant with wife Heather in 2011, Keeler has worked almost every single day—missing once for a wedding, and the second time for a cold. Hard work comes easy to Keeler. Graduating from the New England Culinary Institute at 23, this one-time dishwasher with dreams of a culinary future has worked within the Starr Restaurant Group, and counts Arthur Cavaliere as his mentor.

Begun as a sandwich shop that would close at 7pm, Two Boroughs Larder has by necessity—and demand—morphed into the kind of place where creative, seasonal, idiosyncratic cooking reigns. And it’s a style that’s garnering national attention. Not only did Keeler’s burger—which he created as a concession to diners—earn a spot on Eater’s “25 Best” list, but the restaurant has been featured regularly in high-gloss publications like Food & Wine, Southern Living, and Travel & +  Leisure.  And Keeler himself was a James Beard semifinalist for “Best Chef Southeast” in addition to his 2013 StarChefs Rising Star Chef Award. Humble as ever, and a passionate supporter of Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” initiative, Keeler attributes his success to the staff and the restaurant itself where, presumably, he can be found most every day of the week.