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GO FISH! St. Croix’s Most Distinguished Chef Digby Stridiron Is Leaving The Island’s Most Posh Restaurant For The Greener Pastures of South Carolina

BALTER HEAD CHEF BOLTS ST. CROIX: Digby Stridiron is off for the greener pastures of South Carolina where he will be the executive chef of Parcel 32 Restaurant in historic Charleston.

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CHRISTIANSTED — St. Croix native Digby Stridiron is calling it quits from Balter Restaurant on Company Street in Christiansted and headed towards Parcel 32 Restaurant in historic Charleston, S.C., the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Balter was named a USA Today 10 Best Restaurants in the Caribbean readers’ choice award in 2017.

Stridiron will lead the new restaurant on King Street in Charleston that used to be called “Fish” and was in business for 17 years before being shuttered on July 15.

When chefs Kevin Mitchell and Stridiron represented their respective global regions at Salone del Gusto in 2014, Slow Food’s international food fair, the program’s aims were serious: Conference goers were there to discuss social issues and sustainability.

“What you call red rice, we call seasoned rice,” Stridiron recalled for the Post and Courier. “It’s all part of the diaspora.”

Stridiron, who has also earned chef of the year honors from the Caribbean Tourism Association, said that he hopes to explore various facets of African and Indian diaspora in his new role as executive chef of Parcel 32.

The Patrick Hospitality Group’s project Parcel 32 is still on track to showcase dishes from Charleston’s multicultural past despite the pre-opening kitchen leadership change.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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