492 | Charleston, SC
Keeler attended the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont, where he discovered that farm-to-table isn’t a trend, but a way of life. After school, he headed back home to Philadelphia and worked in a few Stephen Starr restaurants before moving to Charleston with his wife Heather and opening their first restaurant together. Two Boroughs Larder quickly became a favorite of the local culinary-minded set and appeared on the James Beard Foundation’s list of semifinalists for Best Chef Southeast three times before closing in July 2016.
As the new chef of 492, Keeler is moving away from dishes that are based around a technique and towards dishes that are based around a product. His cooking style is ingredient driven and seasonal and he sources locally whenever possible. He likes to create relationships between everything in the dish, mirroring or repeating them to emphasize flavors.
"Chef Keeler’s dishes straddle the seemingly disparate worlds of comfort food and haute cuisine. He’s gunning for both refinement and craveability. It’s soul-warming stuff, coupled with cutting-edge technique that surprises in texture, taste, and presentation. Dishes are, in short, as beautiful to the eye as they are pleasing to the belly. 492 allows Keeler to focus on what he loves most: food. And where Keeler goes, we should follow." – Allston McCrady, Charleston Magazine