September 2019

Faces of F&B: Dave Peck of Bad Biscuit

Author: Special to CH2

What is your favorite restaurant in the area (other than the one you own) and why?
Hinoki, because just ask for the Jeremy Special: spicy tuna mixed with Japanese mayo, sesame and spices, seaweed salad, paper thin onions and cucumbers, soy vinaigrette. DANGIT, just talking about it means I have to go get it tonight. Go do it yourself. You will thank me later. Tell Chi Chi I sent you. Hopefully he will give me a bigger portion if I send enough people his way, lol.

What do you love about the food and beverage industry?
Definitely the fact that I get to create! I am asked regularly how I come up with certain specials. The way I can best describe it to them is that I paint by taste. I understand in my head what makes different flavors come together, and I just go for it. If it doesn’t work the way I had hoped, I try again.

Who or what is your inspiration in the F&B industry?
I love tradition and culture, especially Lowcountry and Gullah culture. I love our local shellfish especially and prefer the old-school locals’ way of doing things. I like to stick with traditional dishes and very often add my own twist to what I’ve tried. I rarely use recipes. Whenever I try something that I love or that inspires me, I immediately break it down and rebuild it in my head. That’s where I start with my specials sometimes.

What does hospitality mean to you?
First and foremost, it means that you should be polite and welcoming. People should feel comfortable, relaxed and at home. And they should just be in awe of their surroundings, anxiously anticipating the experience they are about to undertake. A cool setting or giving them one that they don’t get to experience very often is best. Add a heaping helping of friendliness, a dash of conversation to break the ice, and finish it with a nice portion of great food and company. Always say thanks for joining us. Make sure everyone feels appreciated.

19 E Dunnagans Alley
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-2323

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