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Chef Brandon SharpMeet Crossroads' new Executive Chef, Brandon Sharp, seven-time Michelin Star recipient.

The Carolina Inn welcomed Chef Brandon Sharp to its team in October of 2016. A North Carolina native and Tar Heel Alum, Sharp returns to his southern roots to command the kitchen operations for the restaurant, banquet and in-room dining programs. Sharp will invite diners to experience new weekly dishes that preserve the restaurant's sophisticated southern style while fusing international flavor combinations. A complete menu refresh  is slated for winter 2017.

Chef Sharp returns to N.C. bringing more than fifteen years of find dining experience to the Carolina Inn, after a recent decision to leave Solage Calistoga Resort and Spa in Calistoga, CA. It was at Solage Calistoga where Chef received his first Michelin Star for the locally inspired Solbar, and under his guidance and creative leadership, Solbar went on to receive seven consecutive Michelin Stars throughout his tenure. Before his decorated career at Solbar, Chef honed his skills working with some of the nation's most innovative and talented culinary minds, including Thomas Keller, John Besh and Gary Danko. At the outset of his training Sharp worked in kitchens of the Michelin-rated Restaurant Gary Danko in San Fransciso, CA, the highly revered Restaurant August in New Orleans and at the iconic, three Michelin Star French Laundry in Yountville, CA.

"We could not have found a chef better suited for this role than Brandon Sharp as he is the full package and offers outstanding talent, fresh and innovative ideas and has a deep connection with The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina," said Mark Sherburne, General Manager of The Carolina Inn.

Under his new role, the proud UNC Chapel Hill and Culinary Institute of America alum is committed to establishing Crossroads Chapel Hill as the preferred culinary destination both in the Triangle and in the great state of North Carolina. "The opportunity to make my mark in a kitchen that I have personal connection to is surreal." said Chef Brandon Sharp. "I can't stop thinking about all of the new things I'd like to incorporate into our menus that will feel familiar to guests, but will offer unexpected textures, flavors and presentations."

When Brandon Sharp isn't helming the kitchen at The Carolina Inn, this two-time Ironman competitor is training for his next race or spending time with his three children and wife at home. To learn more about The Carolina Inn and receive the latest updates on Chef Sharp's gastronomic offerings at Crossroads Chapel Hill, visit The Carolina Inn


Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00am Monday to Saturday, 6:30am - 10:30am Sunday
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm Monday to Saturday
Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday until 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm


(Press Release October 13, 2016 The Carolina Inn)