Read any of Hilton Head Yacht Charter’s five star reviews, you’ll notice a few common themes about our yacht Executive Chef. Notable submissions often include positive comments about incredible meals from our Executive Chef.

It’s true, the culinary experiences offered aboard Top Shelf are second to none. We are so pleased to introduce you to Chef Joel, the superstar behind the apron who crafts all of the cuisine aboard your Hilton Head yacht charter! 

Main course of lamb chops on a square white plate with green and red sauces. Dried red foam and white and yellow flower garnish.


Yacht Executive Chef: Creative Cooking From Land to Sea

Chef Joel hit the ground running after earning a Bachelor’s degree in the Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University. He helped build the culinary programs at numerous restaurants. Previously, while in San Francisco, he designed menus for the notable Spanish eatery Coqueta, and popular bistro Bellota.

After making a splash in the culinary market of coastal California, Chef Joel joined the team of Absinthe Brasserie & Bar. There, he held the position of Executive Chef at the authentic Parisian-style brasserie. His responsibilities included sourcing fresh, seasonal ingredients, crafting french-mediterranean fusion recipes, and creating exciting custom dishes for local events.

By the time he held several additional executive chef positions on the west coast’s hottest restaurants, Chef Joel took his talents to the sea.  We are so glad he became a chef on a yacht with Hilton Head Yacht Charter’s Top Shelf!

Hilton Head’s Top Shelf is the third motoryacht in Chef Joel’s illustrious career as yacht Executive Chef. We invite you to discover why his food helps Top Shelf earn every one of those five star reviews.

Plates showing coconut shrimp, with halved coconut on plates, shrimp spilling out. Rice and green garnish.

Yacht Charter Dining Experience

On Top Shelf, we go above and beyond to make sure your yachting adventure is perfectly tailored to you. That means crafting custom menus and recipes based on your unique tastes. We take all of your dietary requirements and requests and prepare the perfect menu.

Our concierge and Chef Joel work together to ensure every bite aboard our motoryacht is the best you’ve ever had.

As the best chef on a yacht in the Lowcountry, Chef Joel is responsible for procuring the freshest local & seasonal ingredients available. He also prepares every meal that leaves the full-size galley.

In addition to a formal dining area with seating for 12, many of our guests love to take their coffee and breakfast spread on one of the sun decks. Some like to enjoy snacks on the floating swim platform. Others take in the famous Hilton Head sunset during an open-air supper. 

Whether you are joining us for a family getaway, a fun-filled day cruise, or a romantic anniversary sunset cruise, you’ll enjoy spectacular meals created by Chef Joel just for you and your guests.

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“One of my favorite things about my job as the executive chef aboard Top Shelf is getting to create brand new menus for each charter. I enjoy getting to be creative in the kitchen, and there’s something really special about getting to know who I’m cooking for and knowing that the meals I serve are a big part of such a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them.” – Chef Joel.

Indulge in one of Joel’s beautiful breakfast spreads or luxurious lunches! You can also enjoy cocktails and appetizers, or sit down to a formal three- or five-course dinner. 

Most of all, we are so lucky to have Chef Joel as our chef on a yacht. Are you hungry for a private yachting adventure? 

Contact our concierge to start planning your Hilton Head Yacht Charter today!

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