Christine Bohn: A Kitchen Tradition

Christine BohnChef Christine Bohn, owner of Christine’s Café and Catering on Hilton Head, is carrying on a longstanding family tradition. When she was just 4 years old, Bohn began learning her way around the kitchen with her grandmother, Fannie; today, one of the signature items in her cafe is named Fannie’s Chicken Salad. “It’s a tribute to her. She loved cherries,” Bohn says.

She’s paying it forward, too: between preparing weekday lunches and creating lavish buffets for events around the Lowcountry, Bohn continues Fannie’s legacy by sharing her kitchen with her grandson Mack, 6. “I let him get up to the stove last weekend and flip pancakes. He loved it,” Bohn says.

Bohn launched her Hilton Head catering business in 2000 and opened Christine’s Café in the Atrium Building in 2009. Her customers have developed quite the appetite for her original recipes, which include She Crab soup, grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches and Calibogue shrimp salad. “I care about fresh, whole foods,” Bohn says. Islanders care too. Bohn was named Favorite Caterer in Monthly’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards, and she was honored with the Small Business of the Year award in 2006 by the Hilton Head/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

But she finds time to play outside of the kitchen as well: When she’s not at work, Bohn trades her chef ’s hat for a captain’s cap. She’s licensed to captain sailboats up to 52 feet long and frequently enjoys boating on Skull Creek, Mackay Creek and Port Royal Sound. “I’ve always lived near the water. This is one of the best places you can be, in the midst of beautiful water and amazing wildlife,” Bohn says.