Chef McKinnon

The variety of restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area is just one of the many reasons nearly 15 million visitors make their way to our shores annually. You can find practically anything you may be craving at one of over 1,600 restaurants. One restaurant that stands out from the crowd, though, is The Cypress Room at Island Vista Oceanfront Resort. And what makes the award-winning restaurant so memorable is Chef Michael McKinnon, a native of Myrtle Beach.

Chef McKinnon began working in restaurants at age 12 by helping out at his father's restaurant. In 1988, he landed his first Executive Chef position with the Sea Island Inn, where hands-on learning helped him to develop his talent. He went on to win several awards at the Taste of the Tidelands before heading to work in some of Myrtle Beach's most renowned restaurants, including The Grande Dunes Ocean Club and The Carriage House Club.

His style is best described as French-inspired New American Cuisine, and his devotion to using the highest-quality, fresh ingredients is noticeable. Chef McKinnon's tenacious and energetic personality combined with his stylish technique and dynamic presentation will impress even the pickiest of eaters, and we highly recommend a stop by The Cypress Room next time you're in town.