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Mike Lata

Chef / Charleston, SC
Mike Lata
Photo by Ben Williams

James Beard Award winner
Title: Executive Chef
Location: Charleston, SC
Establishment: FIG, The Ordinary

Why he's a big deal: Awarded "Best Chef Southeast" by the James Beard Foundation. He has competed on Food Network's Iron Chef America, is a member of Southern Foodways Alliance and co-founder of Charleston Slow Food.