I wrote about this restaurant some time agoFrom Army cook to Best Chef in the Southeast:
Saltbox Seafood's Moore shares credit for James Beard Award
Durham chef Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood said he has yet to sleep after being named Best Chef in the Southeast Monday night at the James Beard Foundation Awards.
Moore spoke to WRAL News from the airport, where he is making his way home from Chicago, site of the awards gala often referred as the "Oscars of Food."
"It was surreal," he said. "As a chef, as a restaurant person, as a chef-owner, as a chef-entrepreneur, these are the times. These are the peaks."
Moore, who was a semi-finalist for the honor in 2020, opened Saltbox Seafood on North Mangum Street in 2012 and closed that location in 2021. A second location followed at 2637 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. in 2017, and there a line stretched out the door Tuesday during lunch.
In his acceptance speech, Moore thanked his wife of 30 years, Norma, his children and his restaurant family.
"I have five of the most superior employees one could ever have, and they are all female," Moore said.https://www.wral.com/from-army-cook-to-best-chef-in-the-southeast-saltbox-seafood-s-moore-shares-credit-for-james-beard-award/20328052/