Charleston, S.C. is known for being a gorgeous city with exceptional cuisine, but we never would’ve guessed that it would help save Chuck Hayworth’s life. After a troublesome diagnosis with stomach cancer, Hayworth, a native of North Carolina, thought he would never eat solid food again, much less ever pursue his dream of becoming a chef. His medical treatment brought him to Charleston, which just happens to be a haven for anyone interested in the culinary arts. Charleston’s culinary scene pushed Hayworth to not give up on his life or his dreams, and he enrolled in culinary school in the holy city. Miraculously, he defeated cancer and began working at Charleston’s renowned resorts, Wild Dunes and Kiawah Island Resort.
Hayworth attributes much of his recovery to eating local foods. That’s why Thankfully Local, which is now into its second season, specializes in cooking with all local ingredients (we love that). Hayworth also runs Worth It Café in Durham’s Research Triangle Park, which specializes in quality food made with fresh local ingredients.