RockSalt Hires New Executive Chef

Shane Graybeal will take over as executive chef at RockSalt after moving here from Chicago, but he doesn’t want to be seen as an outsider. A North Carolina native, Graybeal views his move to Charlotte as more of a homecoming.

“I think the goal’s always been to boomerang—for me to go out and see what all’s out there and come back close to home,” he says.

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Shane Graybeal, Executive chef, RockSalt

The 12-year boomerang path from his hometown of Warrensville, in Ashe County, led him to the Richmond, Virginia, area, followed by jobs in Washington and Chicago. His brother (and 9-year-old nephew) live here, and Graybeal always told himself that when his parents retired, he’d look to move closer to home. So when he learned of the opening at RockSalt left by former executive chef Jim Diecchio’s departure, the timing seemed right to come back home to North Carolina.

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– By Kristen Wile, Charlotte Magazine