Sheldon, SC, March 2, 2022 – Brays Island, America’s premier sporting community located in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry, has named its new executive chef. After an extensive search following the retirement announcement of former Executive Chef Ron Andrews, Chef Bryant Withers was officially chosen to fill the position. Chef Withers has extensive experience and work history in private clubs, restaurants, hotels, and private quail hunting clubs. He will join Brays Island from Highlands Country Club in North Carolina where he was the Executive Chef for the past 10 years.

Brays Island partnered with executive search firm Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace for the search process, with significant participation from Brays Island owners.

“We are thrilled that Chef Withers is stepping into this role, and very much look forward to welcoming him to Brays Island,” says Kevin Rhatigan, General Manager & COO of Brays Island. “The search for this position was no small undertaking, especially with such high standards in place at Brays Island. We are deeply appreciative of Chef Ron for his 15 years of dedicated service, and equally as excited to welcome Chef Withers as our new Executive Chef.”

Chef Bryant Withers has taken a “farm to table” approach to cuisine for decades. He grew up hunting the woods and wetlands of the north Florida Panhandle, fishing along its gulf shores and picking vegetables from back door gardens. Infusing classic French culinary techniques with a passion for reimagining traditional Southern dishes, chef Bryant has gained a reputation across the Southeast for culinary excellence second to none. An avid outdoorsman, he loves to hunt, fish and explore nature. Chef Bryant also enjoys exploring the world's wine producing regions across the Americas and Europe, and holds culinary degrees from Johnson & Wales University and American Culinary Federation.

“After honing my skills for decades at some of the nation’s top private sporting clubs, I am very pleased to lead the impressive culinary team at Brays Island,” says Chef Withers. “I’m excited for the future and to get to know the community, and I look forward to sharing my love for southern food and passion for hospitality with the owners and staff.”

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About Brays Island
Ideally located in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry between Charleston, Savannah, and Beaufort, Brays Island spans across 5,500 acres of pristine land cradled by the headwaters of the Port Royal Sound with direct access to the Atlantic Ocean. Widely regarded as America’s premier sporting community, Brays Island strikes the perfect balance of preserved common spaces and a residential community that exists in harmony with nature. Owners and their guests enjoy a wide array of outdoor sporting and recreational activities nestled in a peaceful, coastal environment. For more information, visit

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