Chef Bruce Moffett is the founder of MRG. He grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island, and after earning a degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island he briefly working the political circuit in D.C. Bruce found his true passion, however, in creating moments through flavors and experiences. He graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, and went on to earn his stripes in kitchens in Atlanta and Boston. He worked for two of Boston’s most prestigious restaurants, L’Espalier and Metropolis Café, before moving to Charlotte in 2000, where he opened his first restaurant, named for his hometown. In 2009 he opened Good Food on Montford, specializing in global small plates in a casual environment, and he was recognized as a James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast Nominee in the same year. In 2013 he launched MRG and opened Stagioni, a fresh take on traditional Italian. In 2019 NC•RED joined the MRG family, and he published his first cookbook, Bruce Moffett Cooks: A New England Chef in a New South Kitchen.