Chef Five Bites: Joe Palma

Joe Palma, chef de cuisine at Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert, first got cooking while he was at the College of Charleston. He got a job as a line cook for Charleston chef Frank Lee at Slightly North of Broad and fell in love with French bistro cuisine and Southern flavors. He went on to work at Citronelle and Le Paradou and, in 2006, joined Ripert’s team at Le Bernardin. Palma was tapped by Ripert in 2008 to head the kitchen at Westend.

1. Charcuterie board at Againn

2. Avocado and pistachio on grilled bread at Cork

3. Large #7 at Pho 75

4. Arctic char at Volt

5. Cheeses and pan con tomate at Jaleo

Previous Chef Five Bites: Cathal Armstrong, Dani Arana, David Guas, Josh Short, Michel Richard, Haidar Karoum, Ryan Morgan, Shannon Overmiller, Anthony Chittum, Jonathan Krinn & Jon Mathieson, Victor Albisu, Vatche Benguian, John Snedden, Nicholas Stefanelli, Travis Olson, Brian Robinson, Cliff Wharton, Alex Bollinger, Massimo Fabbri, Daniel Bortnick, Rob Weland, Olivier Perret, Dennis Marron, Dean Gold, Mike Isabella, Bryan Voltaggio, Geoff Tracy, Bart Vandaele, Rodney Scruggs, Clayton Miller, Alex McCoy, Steve Mannino, Will Artley, Kyle Bailey & Tiffany MacIsaac, Santosh Tiptur, Barton Seaver, Glenn Babcock, Antonio Burrell, Claudio Pirollo and Mickael Cornu, Wesley Morton, Scott Drewno, Ellen and Todd Gray, Philippe Reininger, Tom Wellings, Adam Lippe, Allison Sosna, Barry Koslow, Polly Brown