The Gentry Bar names former TV host Marvin Woods executive chef

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Former Turner South Home Plate host Marvin Woods will helm Gentry Bar - PROVIDED
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The last time I talked to Chef Marvin Woods, he was angling to become President Barack Obama's White House chef. It was 2008 and Woods was in town for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. "I have some people that are working for me on it," Woods said of the chef-in-chief gig. He didn't get it. The former Turner South Home Plate host did become Michelle Obama's first Let’s Move cooking series chef and then spent the next seven years traveling the U.S. for his Droppin' Knowledge with Chef Marvin Wood program that educated families about reducing childhood obesity and creating nutritious and affordable meals with his program.

Now he's going to school Charlestonians when he joins Southern Charmer JD Madison's new Gentry Bar opening in the old Sermet's.

Woods most recently owned and operated Asante in Atlanta, but it closed last May. At that time he told Eater he was working on a new location for the Caribbean-focused restaurant, but it appears those plans have changed. Instead, he'll return to Charleston, where he worked at Anson in 2001 and '02, following his successful publishing of The New Low-Country Cooking, a book all about his love of Lowcountry flavors. A press release says Woods' menu will draw from that love at The Gentry where he'll "focus on the roots of Southern and Gullah culinary traditions."

Of course Gentry won't leave out Madison's signature brown water, Gentry Bourbon, which will be showcased on the bar menu as well as in some of the dishes.

“Chef Marvin Woods was the obvious choice and we could not be more pleased to welcome him and his culinary talent back to the Lowountry,” Madison says in a press release.

The release also gives hints at what to expect in the remodeled Sermet's building: "a cool and vibrant equestrian bar that will be the epitome of comfort, luxury, and a palpable combination of a youthful buzz and Southern gentility. A warm and approachable space for live music, craft cocktails, and inspired comfort food, Gentry will feature lovely granite bars, dark cherry woods, velvet drapes, one of a kind chandeliers and two luxury lounges upstairs for guests to enjoy the live entertainment on the weekends."

Look for Gentry Bar to open this spring.

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