Meet the Guest Chefs – Sean Fowler, Mandolin

Sean Fowler is a Raleigh Native, who after years of working in some of the country’s top kitchens, returned home to open his debut restaurant, Mandolin, in 2011.  As a boy Sean developed a love for food and an appreciation of quality ingredients. While tending his family’s garden, licking spoons in his grandmothers’ kitchens, and hunting and  fishing in the fields and streams of the Southeast, he learned the importance of fresh ingredients.  He now works closely with many North Carolina farmers, ranchers, artisans, and fishermen to secure the best ingredients available. Mandolin even has its own 5000 square foot garden, from which it harvests a bounty of seasonal produce.

Sean earned a BA in history form Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA and then went on to earn a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colorado. He honed his craft in some of the premier restaurants in the country including The Inn at Erlowest, The Alpenhof Lodge, Le Bernardins, and most recently The Fearrington House in Pittsboro, North Carolina, where he met his wife Lizzy.

Chef Fowler’s fresh take on Southern Cuisine, a commitment to local ingredients, and an award-winning wine list have quickly established Mandolin as one of the premier dining experiences in the area.  Like Chef Fowler’s cuisine, Mandolin’s contemporary farmhouse design blends rustic and refined elements, making it a restaurant equally suited for a quick bite or a special occasion dinner.  Mandolin is nestled in the historic Hayes Barton neighborhood, on the corner of Oberlin and Fairview Rd.   Sean and Lizzy Fowler and the team at Mandolin are delighted to be bringing Farm Fresh Cuisine to the Heart of Raleigh!