Steve Kish, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been in the Hospitality Industry for 39 years. Kish began his career in the Lowcountry over 30 years ago and in 1982 he and partners Harvey Poole and Joe Sliker opened 82 Queen. Today, Kish is the highly regarded in the Charleston community, both personally and professionally. He is a founding member of the Chef Association, a Charleston Restaurant Association Board member, a Taste of Charleston and Oyster Festival Chairman, a husband and father of two, and the proud owner of 82 Queen, now a long-standing Charleston tradition, and Lowcountry Bistro, the newest edition to the Charleston culinary scene.
Patrick Kish was born in downtown Charleston at Roper Hospital. He started into the family business, 82 Queen, at a young age. His career in the hospitality industry has taken him through all aspects of the business, from dish washing to management. Patrick graduated with a Hospitality / Management degree from The Culinary Institute of Charleston.
Johnny was born and educated in Charleston. A graduate of Trident Technical College, Johnny was hired by Joe Sliker when he was 18 years old. Johnny was promoted to the 82 Queen management team at the age of 21. In 2003 Johnny became the youngest general manager in the 25 year history of 82 Queen. Williams supported 82 Queen’s efforts to earn AAA Triple Diamond Award in 2003 & 2004. He positioned 82 Queen to receive Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for five consecutive years. Working with Maple Leaf Farms in 2001, Johnny was instrumental in 82 Queen being named Southeastern Restaurant of the Year.
A graduate of Clemson University, Jonathan majored in International Management. During his time at Clemson, he interned with Northwestern Mutual and developed a love for financial services. Upon graduation, Jonathan went to work for various financial groups such as Wells Fargo, Vanguard Group and eventually to a Venture Capital Firm where he managed all aspects of their investments from public to private investments. While working at the Venture Capital Firm, they began “Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market, LLC” in Arizona. This is a BBQ Restaurant housed inside of a gas station with a coffee bar and wine store. Within a few months of being open they won awards from Phoenix Magazine and a BBQ competition with ABC 15. Jonathan moved back to South Carolina in late 2012 to help assist the family in managing both 82 Queen and Lowcountry Bistro as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Marketing.
Executive Corporate Chef Steven Lusby
Steven is a 4th generation culinary professional. He joined the 82 Queen team as a Sous Chef in 2006 and was promoted to Executive Chef in 2010. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Steven’s cooking philosophy leans toward dishes that are reminiscent of home cooking while incorporating local, seasonal ingredients. He strongly supports the “farm to table” philosophy in his personal and professional cooking. Steven holds the 2011 Taste: Iron Chef title. The competition, which is part of October’s Taste of Charleston weekend, features two pairs of chefs competing in a heated head-to-head battle featuring secret ingredients – 2011′s secret ingredients: Pumpkin and Chocolate.
Chef de Cuisine Matt Paul
Matthew has been in the Lowcountry for over 12 years. Originally from Pennsylvania, Paul made his way down south to pursue his culinary dreams. A graduate of Johnson and Wales in 2002, Chef Paul has worked in many Lowcountry restaurants as well as having done wedding and personal chef catering events around the area. He is trained in utilizing local seafood and farm fresh ingredients in all his meals to give you a classic Lowcountry meal.