Bio

Chef Merrit Brady is the executive chef and owner of The Pampered Palate Personal Chef and Catering Service located in Charleston SC. The Pampered Palate specializes in creating a unique culinary experience for residents and visitors of Charleston, Kiawah Island and the Surrounding area.

Chef Merrit Brady began his culinary career in Highlands, North Carolina in 1995 and quickly realized his passion for the craft. This passion brought him to the prestigious Johnson and Wales Culinary University in 2001 where he earned his degree in the culinary arts and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003. Chef Merrit held the position of executive sous chef at 82 Queen Restaurant, a landmark for Charleston’s “lowcountry cuisine”.


Chef Merrit then accepted a position at award winning McCrady’s Restaurant where he held almost every position in the kitchen and eventually became the executive sous chef. While at McCrady’s, the restaurant held the distinguished AAA Four Diamond Award, the DiRoNA Award of Excellence, Wine Spectator’s “Best of,” and Charleston Post’s “Restaurant of the Year.” Other accomplishments and experience include a six month internship at the Biltmore Estates in Asheville North Carolina as well as being a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy and member of the United States Personal Chef Association.

The Pampered Palate opened for business in 2006 with the goal of providing unique and delicious food, great service, and establishing a personal connection with each client.

 DSC_3199aCatherine Brady Serves as a Personal Chef and Catering Manager for The Pampered Palate.  Catherine is a lifelong career professional in the hospitality industry, and has held many titles throughout her career.  Through her education, Catherine acquired an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Service Management from Johnson and Wales University.  In addition to Catherine’s education, her experience includes a Culinary internship with Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Production Chef for The Harbor Club in downtown Charleston, as well as Osprey Point Clubhouse on Kiawah Island.  Catherine has also held positions in front of the house as restaurant management for restaurants within the Charleston area.  Most notably, Catherine served as a General Restaurant Manager for 5 years at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, which is a Forbes 5 Star, and AAA Five Diamond property.  Chef Catherine has been an important part of The Pampered Palate since its founding in 2005.

Chef Brad Jones is our Chef de Cuisine and brings a great dynamic to our team.  Chef Jones holds a Culinary Arts Degree from the Culinary Institute of Charleston.  Chef Brad’s work experience includes Production Chef for Emeril Lagasse, Executive Chef at the famous 82 Queen in Charleston, SC for 8 years,  as well as the Executive Private Dining Chef at the award winning McCrady’s restaurant.  In addition to Chef Brad’s culinary experience, he was also a Culinary Instructor at the Culinary Institute of Charleston.