Blair Machado is the owner of Farmstead Co., a sustainable butcher and farm consultant company in Charleston, South Carolina. Chef Machado has extensive resumes in kitchens throughout Charleston and Virginia as a master butcher and Chef. Most recently, he was executive chef at Poogan’s Porch and chef de cuisine of Indaco. Machado also served as sous chef and then executive chef of Park Café. In addition, he was the butcher at FIG after moving to Charleston in 2011. Other stops include Lana as sous chef and Warehouse as a consultant. Chef Machado started his cooking career in the kitchen at 2941 Restaurant in northern Virginia with his mentor Chef Jon Krinn. He also spent time in the kitchens of Can-Can Brasserie and Acacia Mid-Town both in Richmond. Known for his whole animal butchery program, Machado has earned the nickname of “certified meat ninja” by his colleagues and friends. In Charleston, Machado has cultivated relationships with farmers and fishermen to buy and use the freshest ingredients in his dishes.
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