Brandon Velie, Small Town Chef | Original SC

For a small town in South Carolina the town of Ridge Spring has got a little something for everyone. The town is known as an antique mecca and now has a cult like following for something else...corn chowder. Chef Brandon Velie and his wife Jeanne opened up Juniper after falling in love with the town and with the building that Juniper now occupies.

Velie's "cape corn chowder" attitude has catapulted Juniper to become one of the top places to eat in South Carolina. His farm to table approach in cooking has caught the attention of 2 governors of South Carolina and even Governor Chris Christy from New Jersey. And Velie's love of cooking all started with the fond memory of his mother putting him to bed with a cookie every night.