Saltbox Seafood Joint Head Chef Ricky Moore nominated for James Beard Award
Saltbox Seafood Joint Head Chef Ricky Moore was nominated for a James Beard award for best chef in the southeast!
Posted By Craig Carter on Feb 26, 2020
Saltbox Seafood Joint Head Chef Ricky Moore was nominated for a James Beard award for best chef in the southeast! The awards are the highest honor in the food industry and are often referred to as the "Oscars of Food." Ricky Moore is a U.S. Army veteran, author, and now, a first-time James Beard semifinalist.
Photo credit: Kim Lan Grout
Saltbox has been a Durham favorite ever since the tiny shack opened on Mangum Street in 2012. People would line up down the block for an hour (or more!) to wait for the delicious fried catch of the day or some trademark Hush-Honeys®. Popularity grew, and he has since opened a second location. Even North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has stopped by for lunch.
Chef Ricky was born and raised in the coastal town New Bern, North Carolina so it was only fitting that he returned to his roots with his first cookbook. The Saltbox Seafood Joint Cookbook tells the story of how he went from the fish markets of Singapore to a seafood truck and restaurant inspired by the shacks that dot the Carolina coast (along with 60 amazing recipes).
We interviewed Chef Ricky back in 2017. Check out Ricky Moore's Q&A.