The kitchen has been Kelly Vogelheim’s happy place since she was just a teen. While working her first job in the restaurant industry, the culinary muse snagged an eager new apprentice and a budding chef was born. Today, Vogelheim is master of her craft, having risen through the ranks to become executive chef at the farm-to-table restaurant Town Hall
, in downtown Florence
Her reputation for spotlighting South Carolina’s finest products has also earned her the honor of being named a 2019 South Carolina Chef Ambassador. As part of an initiative begun by former Gov. Nikki Haley, each year chefs from across the state are selected to promote South Carolina's culinary heritage and local food culture through cooking demonstrations, guest appearances and educational programs.
A native of Michigan, Vogelheim developed her skills at the Great Lakes Culinary Institute in Traverse City, and eventually immersed herself in the energetic environments of ship galleys, where she served as head chef for a fleet of nine. But life on land and a warmer climate beckoned, so Vogelheim chose one of the most exciting dining destinations in the South as her new headquarters—Charleston, of course! As sous chef at Lowcountry Bistro, she embarked on a journey of discovery, learning about South Carolina’s rich culinary heritage and eventually attaining the title of chef de cuisine. In the summer of 2018, she brought her knowledge and skills to Town Hall, where she helms the kitchen and serves up some of South Carolina’s finest flavors.