Bud Taylor

Years of Participation

Inspired by his childhood spent in the kitchen cooking with his family, Chef Bud Taylor incorporates Southern and Coastal ingredients and flavors into his cuisine. Having spent years in the marketing and design world, Chef Bud is a self-taught chef and has never attended culinary school.

Chef Bud currently serves as the executive chef and owner of the Bistro at Topsail, a fine-dining farm to table restaurant holding the recent distinctions of Open Table’s 2016 Diners Choice award, Winner of The James Beard Foundation's 2017 Blended Burger Project, and Wine Spectator’s 2017 Award of Excellence. The restaurant is located in the heart of Surf City, North Carolina on Topsail Island and serves a seasonal menu with a focus on North Carolina product and high quality ingredients, many of which are grown on Chef-Owner Bud Taylor’s farm in Holly Ridge, North Carolina. Inspired by his childhood spent learning to cook in his family’s Southern kitchen, Chef-Owner Bud Taylor incorporates Southern foods and flavors into his menu at the Bistro at Topsail.