Kyle Bowling

The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary | Kiawah Island, SC

Chef d’ Cuisine of The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kyle Bowling, grew up in Brookville, Indiana, a small farming community in southeast Indiana. He began cooking as a teenager at a family style restaurant named The Case House. It was there that he was first exposed to the beauty and freshness of using local ingredients by The Case House chef who sourced ingredients from the historic Metamora Grist Mill that is still in production on the local canal. “I saw the honesty and the pride of using an ingredient that another member of the community had poured their own pride and effort into, as opposed to just buying a factory farmed ingredient,” said Bowling. After attending Vincennes University, Bowling began honing his skills in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Iron Horse Inn, where he eventually was promoted Sous Chef. He then joined the
opening team at the Great Wolf Lodge where he rose to the level of Banquet Chef.  He left Cincinnati in 2008 because of one dining experience – “I had the good fortune to dine in Jasmine Porch while visiting Kiawah Island on vacation,” said Bowling. “I knew right then, I had to be a part of that experience that was delivered to me. I went home and immediately resigned from the Banquet Chef position at the Great Wolf Lodge and relocated to Charleston.”  Upon arriving to the area, Bowling was hired as a line cook at Jasmine Porch. After almost a year, he had the opportunity to assist in the opening of the newly-branded Ocean Room as their grill cook. After a couple of years he was promoted to Sous Chef in the Banquets Kitchen and was part of a very successful team that oversaw the benchmark year for the department with the successful execution of servicing the PGA Championship.  Shortly after, he returned to The Ocean Room as the Sous Chef and immerse himself in pursuing the continuing refinement that the premier restaurant on the resort is known for – an unsurpassed dining experience as one of the most acclaimed steakhouses in the U.S. “My goals are to continue the passion and the pursuit of elevating the Ocean Room’s
cuisine, delivering on our promise to providing a refined, gracious dining experience,” said Bowling.