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Ricky Moore        

Founder & Chef at SALTBOX Seafood Joint

Chef Ricky Moore – the self-professed evangelist of North Carolina seafood – is the owner of the popular Saltbox Seafood Joint restaurant in Durham, North Carolina – praised by Saveur as “a tiny but mighty seafood shack.” Taking inspiration from the famous wet markets in Singapore, Moore focuses purely on the food inspired by his native Carolina coast, and its traditional roadside fish shacks and camps.

Moore opened Saltbox Seafood Joint® in Durham, NC in 2012 (and the second -- now only -- location in 2017) in Durham, North Carolina. Accolades in Garden & Gun, Our State and Travel + Leisure followed, and in 2019, Moore debuted the Saltbox Seafood Joint® Cookbook – with 60 recipes celebrating his coastal culinary heritage. In 2020, as one of the region’s most admired chefs, Moore received a nomination from the James Beard Foundation for “Best Chef” in the Southeast and Discover awarded Saltbox Seafood Joint® $25,000 as part of its #EatItForward campaign for black-owned restaurateurs. Then in 2022, Moore won the aforementioned award. In 2007, during his tenure as Executive Chef at Agraia in Washington DC (now known as Founding Farmers), Moore’s reputation earned him a spot competing against Chef Michael Symon on “Iron Chef America.” Today Moore continues to fulfill his lifelong dream as an entrepreneur, professional, and preserver of North Carolina fisherman and foodways.


Saltbox Seafood Joint Chef Ricky Moore Wins 2022 James Beard Award
After making headlines as a semi-finalist for the prestigious James Beard Award some time ago, Chef Ricky Moore has finally taken home the gold as of Monday night’s 2022 James Beard Award ceremony in Chicago, where he was named “Best Chef in the Southeast.” Moore’s title as “Best Chef in the Southeast” encompasses finalists from Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia, and the win for Saltbox Seafood joint means another culinary feather in the cap for the Triangle.

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