Chevalo, Monique and their four children arrived in Charleston in 2008. A Long Island native, Chevalo worked for the New York City Fire Department EMS medical team and was a first responder on 9/11. Monique, an entrepreneur, was born and raised in a small town in New Jersey. Quickly falling in love with the Holy City, the husband and wife duo set out to create their beloved burgers and burger marinade with all local Low Country ingredients. Now a staple in grocery stores throughout America, you’ll find Chevalo, Monique and their family making sure their spreading the word about their products in grocery chains across the country and beyond.
In fact, you could say we’re the tiniest bit obsessed with them.
We’ve been all over the country in search of the perfect burger and have had the delicious pleasure of eating some incredibly good ones. Somehow though, we never found that special one. You know, the kind of burger you daydream about. The kind of burger you never forget. That’s when it hit us. Why search for the ultimate burger when we could make it ourselves? Lucky for us, we had the opportunity to try out different recipes at lots of cookouts with family and friends. When we got the recipe right, and mixed in our newly created burger marinade, people loved them so much we couldn’t make the burgers fast enough! After that, phone calls before upcoming cookouts went something like this: “If you’re making those burgers, I’m coming!” Watching a line of hungry folks snake through our backyard, the grill loaded to capacity, we thought we might be onto something. When family and friends said, “Those burgers are so good you should sell them!” it was clear – and so the Charleston Gourmet Burger Co. was born!