Florie has never been a stranger to hard work, landing his first managerial position at the age of 17. He spent the next decade honing his business, management, and culinary skills across the United States, working for such well-known brands as Carlson Worldwide, E-Brands, and Walt Disney World Resorts and Restaurants. Upon his return to Charleston, Florie quickly become an integral part of Charleston’s flourishing food and beverage community. In addition to earning praise as Executive Chef at The Boathouse at Breech Inlet, 17 North Roadside Kitchen, and The Granary, he played a major role in opening such popular restaurants as The Rarebit, Big John’s Tavern, and King Street Public House.
In all of his endeavors, Florie aims to honor the relationships he has built with local farmers, fisherman, brewers, and distillers. Even his plumber and electrician are personal friends and Mount Pleasant locals. His desire to give back to the community is exemplified by his involvement with local charities such as East Cooper Meals on Wheels, East Cooper Land Trust, and Lowcountry Land Trust. He is a member of Charleston Brown Water Society and the founder of Charleston's first free Food and Beverage Employment site. Outside of work he spends his time enjoying the company of his wife and two daughters, with whom he resides in Mount Pleasant.