Crave kitchen & cocktails

Located just over the bridge from Isle of Palms, within Seaside Farms, Crave proudly serves superb dining and classic cocktails to Mount Pleasant’s residents & visitors.


Chef Landen Ganstrom

Hailing from Hayes, KS, Chef Landen entered culinary school at 18, earning a degree in Culinary Arts and Applied Sciences while also completing the Chef’s Apprenticeship Program in Kansas City. While still in school in Kansas City he stepped into a working kitchen under Executive Chef Andre Yusef, at Argosy Casino. This experience helped excel him to the top of his class – graduating, with honors, in the Top 5 of his Culinary Program!

Chef Landen was fortunate to enter the rich culinary world of Master Chef Hieko Bendixen of Foxwoods Casino & Resort. His professional experience has ranged from large kitchens at casinos in New England to the more intimate wine and tapas bars on the beaches of South Carolina.

As Executive Chef of Crave Kitchen & Cocktails from the moment they opened their doors in March of 2008, Chef Landen has been responsible for the development of every menu for the restaurant where his focus has been a fusion style gourmet that is still comfortable and exciting to both the locals and tourists that frequent the restaurant. Chef’s commitment to his guests is second only to his commitment to using local, sustainable ingredients in his amazing culinary creations.

In what can only be described as a meteoric rise in the Lowcountry culinary world while at the helm of the Crave’s kitchen, Chef Landen has earned multiple local and national awards, including having the most award-winning Macaroni & Cheese in the country. In the past two years, Chef Landen has won the Southern Living Iron Chef Competition and his 6th consecutive Charleston Mac Off.


— Press —

  • Crave Kitchen & Cocktails Serving ‘A Meal to Remember’ on April 29th – The Chronicle

  • Michael Fitzgerald Wins Charleston’s Next Top Cocktail – Charleston Fashion Week

  • Nine food trucks to try – The Post and Courier

  • The 10 Best Mac and Cheese Restaurants in America – Tabelog

  • Married by Mom and Dad Christina Post-Wedding: “Tom Was Worth the Wait” – The Knot

  • The 10 Best Restaurants To Eat in Mount Pleasant- The Culture Trip

  • The 21 Best Mac & Cheeses In America – Thrillist

  • Award-Winning Mac and Cheese Recipe Hits the Road This Month – Eater Charleston