Sara Prezioso

Sara Prezioso was all set to go into psychology. She liked the idea of a science-based career in Columbia, SC, studying humans.

But then in 2006, she moved to Charleston and saw how many restaurants were opening and how chefs got joy from cooking. She remembered how much she enjoyed cooking with her grandmother and how her Italian father would serve guests and walk the table, ensuring that they were taken care of before filling a plate for himself.

The memory was enough to lure her obtaining her culinary degree at the Art Institute in 2014 and, from there, to Poogan’s Porch and Mex-1. Finally ending up as the executive sous chef of The Darling Oyster Bar since 2017.