Our Culinary Team
Chef Charles Arena has taken the helm as Executive Chef of Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina with a focus on the newly opened Fish House. Chef Arena’s love for food came at a young age while he was in New York. He lived above his grandparent’s house and fondly remembers Sunday dinners at 5:00 PM where the family would gather and sit for hours around mounds of food that his grandma began preparing at 5:00 AM. Arena started at the age of 14 working in restaurants where he made connections that led him to become a student at the Culinary Institute of America. Once Arena finished school, he got his professional start in New York where he studied under Jean Jaques Rachou at the famous La Cote Basque before coming to Charleston to work on a Tom Colicchio restaurant project called the Tides at the Beach Club. For the last seven years, Chef Arena has made his home at The Boathouse on Breach’s Inlet where he has become known for his high quality of food, strong sense of community, and desire to please each guest so they come back again and again.
Through his years in Charleston, Chef Arena has formed many strong relationships. Since 2007, Arena has been an Adjunct Professor at The Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College where he has helped mold some of the future talent in the culinary scene. In addition, his connections with several local organizations have tied him with farmers and local fisherman which is how he is able to guarantee the freshest local ingredients in his dishes. Chef Arena brings these ties to the Fish House, where his focus is to use local sustainable ingredients while adding a modern flair.
This philosophy can also been seen throughout the other resort restaurants and banquet events as he strives to create everything in house with fresh ingredients. Our catering team is in the unique position to create customized menus for each client based on their needs and the season. Click here for a photo of Chef Arena.