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Food for Thought

Chef and Owner, Adam Roth, founded Bayou in the Pines in 2021 after moving to Southern Pines from Georgia, where he was born and raised. Our family fell in love with Southern Pines and the Sandhills area, especially the community's strong pride, patriotism, and connected, small-town feel.


We quickly grew to appreciate and love the vibrant local business scene. Chef Adam knew Southern Pines would be the perfect home to launch his own business and make his lifelong dream a reality. Adam brings three decades of food, beverage, and hospitality experience to the Sandhills through Bayou in the Pines. 


Chef Adam is a proud graduate of the culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC. 

The Roots



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Chef Adam's menus are heavily influenced by his Southern roots and time spent in Charleston for culinary school. His first influence in the kitchen was his mom, Christine, whose love language was served up in her delicious home-made meals that highlighted her own Southern upbringing. Adam honors her memory through her favorite recipes, which are included on some of our menus.


While at Johnson & Wales, Adam had the fortune of working in several kitchens across the city, including the renowned Charleston Grill, considered one of the top restaurants in the country. Through these experiences, Adam fell in love with the cuisine of the Lowcountry, especially seafood.


Chef Adam's love for Cajun cuisine and culture was also born during his time at the Charleston Grill, thanks to visiting chefs who traveled from across the U.S. to share their talents and cuisine. Chef Jamie Shannon, who succeeded Emeril Lagasse at New Orleans’ famed Commander’s Palace restaurant was one of these visiting chefs. Chef Jamie inspired Adam with his Cajun menus and by championing the use of regional ingredients. 

Bayou in the Pines is a locally owned, family business that proudly uses locally sourced ingredients from our home base of Southern Pines, NC. As the Cajuns say, laissez les bon temps rouler –LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL - or in our case, the good food too!

Image by Andrew Shelley
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