With more than 15 years of culinary experience, Chef Ryley McGillis serves as the executive chef at Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston in Charleston, S.C., The Kessler Collection’s newest luxury boutique hotel, set to debut at the end of August 2015.

Inspired by his mother’s home cooked meals, Chef McGillis discovered his love for food at a young age before earning a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu Academy, in addition to graduating from Florida State University. During his career, Chef McGillis has worked with culinary teams in several coveted restaurants in Charleston such as Zinc Bistro and Charleston Place Hotel. Most recently Chef McGillis joins The Kessler Collection team from The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island’s Jasmine Porch, where he enriched the award-winning southern style menu and service.

Chef McGillis takes pride in supporting the local community through annual events such as the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, Taste of Charleston and Gourmet & Grapes, in addition to locally sourcing ingredients and stimulating the economic growth of the lowcountry region.