Chef Shawn Wellersdick of Port Land Grille restaurant dies of most cancers

Months after being identified with an aggressive type of mind most cancers, one in all Wilmington’s most outstanding leaders has died.

Shawn Wellersdick opened Port Land Grille along with his spouse Anne Steketee in 2000. Since then it has grow to be one of many space’s hottest fantastic eating eating places and has helped prepare new generations of native hospitality professionals.

Mates posted that the chef died early Wednesday morning.

Billy Mellon, proprietor of manna restaurant in downtown Wilmington, labored at Port Land Grille for a few years and known as Wellersdick each a pal and a mentor – and somebody whose ardour and work ethic raised the usual of what native eating places might be.

“When he was on the window, there was no higher prepare dinner. Interval,” he just lately wrote of Wellersdick, including that the chef helped put Wilmington on the culinary map.

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James Doss, chef and co-owner of Rx Restaurant and Bar in downtown Wilmington, additionally labored with Wellersdick early in his profession.

“Nice studying expertise for me,” he stated. “Shawn was very devoted to his craft and ran one of many tightest and cleanest kitchens I’ve ever seen… Together with Anne, they shared their huge information with many cooks, bartenders and servers.”

In this 2013 photo, Shawn Wellersdick of Port Land Grille prepares a steak on the wood-burning grill at Wilmington Restaurant.  FILE PHOTO STARNEWS

After incomes a culinary diploma from Johnson & Wales College in Windfall, Rhode Island, Wellersdick moved to North Carolina to grow to be govt chef of Noble’s Restaurant Group. In 1998, he turned co-owner and govt chef of the famed Underneath Currant in Wilmington.

He left this restaurant in 1999. On the time, he and Steketee left for Oregon with the thought of ​​shifting to Portland. Finally, nonetheless, they acquired many calls to return to the North Carolina coast.

This journey was the inspiration for Port Land Grille, which stays one of many oldest native fantastic eating eating places that has not modified chef or proprietor. The restaurant has received quite a few awards for its meals, service and wine. Quite a lot of superstar visitors have additionally dined there through the years.

Extra just lately, Wellersdick had additionally grow to be well-known for his working interest. Nearly ten years in the past, when he determined he needed to be more healthy, he began exercising on the treadmill.