© Courtesy of Tom Colicchio
Morning on Kiawah Island

Editor's note: Tom Colicchio, the head judge on Bravo's Top Chef (and a Food & Wine Best New Chef 1991), will be blogging every day this week about his road trip from Atlanta.

Rather than get a hotel in downtown Charleston our first night, we drove 40 minutes east to stay at one of the guest cottages on Kiawah Island. I started coming to Kiawah ten years ago, when I become the consulting chef at The Kiawah Island Club's flagship restaurant, Voysey's, and I make it down to visit whenever I can. Usually I spend my time fishing or playing golf, but on this trip there wouldn't be time for either. One Kiawah ritual I did get to do: I woke up early, took my coffee out onto the dock behind the cottage, and watched as the sun came up over the water. God, I love that place.