Eric Fullem Joins Plant Riverside District in Savannah, GA as Executive Chef

Culinary Leader Brings 12 Years of Forbes Five-Star Restaurant Experience, Excels at Luxury Food and Beverage Operations

USA, Savannah, Georgia. September 26, 2023

Plant Riverside District - a leading destination for exceptional food, live entertainment and more in Savannah, Ga. - recently hired former Sea Island Company Executive Chef Eric Fullem as Executive Chef. At Plant Riverside District, Fullem oversees culinary operations at 14 acclaimed restaurants as well as banquet services for the award-winning JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District located on Savannah's historic riverfront.

Fullem brings 19 years of culinary experience to Plant Riverside District and is a respected chef with extensive experience planning upscale wine dinners, fresh seasonal menus and working with global purveyors as well as local vendors. A strong leader with a passion for mentoring and team-building, he also excels at menu development as well as high-end food and beverage operations.

"Executive Chef Eric Fullem brings deep experience with luxury food and beverage operations to Plant Riverside District and is a proven team leader," said Simon Pettigrew, Managing Director at the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District. "We're thrilled to welcome Eric to the talented culinary team at Plant Riverside District and know that our guests will be extremely impressed by his creativity, skill and commitment to excellence."

An accomplished executive chef with 12 years of experience in Forbes Five-Star kitchens, Fullem joins Plant Riverside District from the Sea Island Company, a AAA Five-Diamond resort on Sea Island, Ga., where he served as Executive Chef for the Lodge, Beach Club and Events. Earlier in his career, he served as executive chef at The Jayhawk Club, an award-winning country club in Lawrence, Kansas, and Chef de Cuisine at the Inn at Dos Brisas, a Forbes Five-Star inn in Washington, Tex.

Fullem graduated from The Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts in 2008 and earned Sous Vide Certification from the Culinary Research and Education Academy. Originally from Uniontown, Penn., he currently resides in Brunswick, Ga.

A Kessler Collection property, Plant Riverside District is an award-winning destination in Savannah, Ga. developed by visionary and hotelier Richard C. Kessler, the Chairman and CEO of Kessler Enterprise, Inc. Plant Riverside District originally opened in 2020 and attracts visitors from across the country and around the world.


Plant Riverside District, located at 400 W. River Street, is a vibrant entertainment destination and Savannah's Entertainment District. From incredible dining and high-end shopping to live music and spectacular performances, Plant Riverside District creates elegantly curated experiences, stripping away the unnecessary to reveal the exceptional. Once an iconic power plant in Georgia, Plant Riverside District now represents the beauty of progress. Whether seeking a romantic getaway or a work hard/play hard business trip, Plant Riverside District provides a setting suited to your needs, blending timeless sophistication with eye-catching details. Experience three unique buildings for a customized atmosphere to match your style: bold, contemporary maritime details in the Atlantic; romantic, elegant styling in the Three Muses; and chic historic architecture in the Power Plant. Complete your experience with numerous dining options, rooftop bars, a concert venue, art gallery, riverfront park and even natural science exhibits to spark your imagination. For more information, please visit and follow @plantriversidedistrict on Facebook and Instagram.

Executive Chef Eric Fullem JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District

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