Wesley Fulmer

Wesley Fulmer

The Executive Chef

The Nutshell

Born and raised in Prosperity, S.C., Chef Wesley Fulmer took the helm at Motor Supply Co. Bistro in Columbia, S.C., in Spring 2014. Featured in The Local Palate magazine and mentioned by Food & Wine Magazine online and Okra magazine, Fulmer and his culinary team have led Motor Supply to the number five spot in Southern Living’s 2019 readers’ poll of The South’s Best Restaurants. Fulmer and his team have also led Motor Supply to garner all three major local readers’ choice awards for “Best Restaurant” in 2015-2019 (The State, Free Times and Columbia Metropolitan Magazine) along with Chef Fulmer winning Best Chef in 2019’s Free Times Best of Columbia. In Spring 2017, Chef Fulmer was one of the featured chefs at Columbia’s first-ever James Beard Foundation benefit dinner. After honing his craft in the James Beard Award-winning kitchens of celebrity chefs (Restaurant August, New Orleans and Susanna Foo, Philadelphia), with stints in Boulder, CO and education in France, Fulmer served as Sous Chef at the luxe Atlantic Room at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. In Fall 2019, Chef Fulmer was featured in an episode of the Very Vera show, sharing recipes with viewers across the Southeast.

Full Bio

Featured in The Local Palate magazine and mentioned by Food & Wine Magazine online and Okra magazine, Fulmer and his culinary team have led Motor Supply to the number five spot in Southern Living’s 2019 readers’ poll of The South’s Best Restaurants. Fulmer and his team have also led Motor Supply to garner all three major local readers’ choice awards for “Best Restaurant” in 2015-2019 (The State, Free Times and Columbia Metropolitan Magazine) along with Chef Fulmer winning Best Chef in 2019’s Free Times Best of Columbia. In Spring 2017, Chef Fulmer was one of the featured chefs at Columbia’s first-ever James Beard Foundation benefit dinner.

After honing his craft in the James Beard Award-winning kitchens of celebrity chefs (Restaurant August, New Orleans and Susanna Foo, Philadelphia), Chef Wesley Fulmer served as Sous Chef at the luxe Atlantic Room at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. A Midlands native, Fulmer returned home in Spring 2014 armed with a network of sustainable farm contacts throughout the Lowcountry – and an eagerness to work with Motor Supply’s existing network of conscientious local producers in the Columbia, S.C. area. Chef Fulmer regularly works with farms like Carolina Heritage, Joyce and Watsonia Farms along with Hunter Cattle Company, all located in South Carolina.

Born and raised in Prosperity, a small town near Chapin, S.C., Chef Fulmer’s first food memories were formed helping his grandfather barbeque whole hogs, and eating his grandmother’s award-winning pound cake. Chef Fulmer values fresh, local South Carolina ingredients and enjoys mixing traditional culinary processes with modern techniques like sous vide and fermentation.

In Fall 2019, Chef Fulmer was featured in an episode of The Very Vera Show, which showcases culinary instruction for twists on classic Southern recipes. This feature was broadcast throughout the Southeast and shared online.

In Spring 2019, Motor Supply partnered with local Columbia, S.C. restaurant, Spotted Salamander, on a ticketed signature dinner for Columbia Food and Wine Festival called Heirloom Breeds + Seeds. This four-course meal highlighted heirloom and sustainable ingredients for guests to enjoy amongst the historic setting of Seibel’s House and Gardens.

A recent high point for Chef Fulmer was partnering with culinary historian David Shields on an event with Historic Columbia, featuring long-lost Midlands regional ingredients such as shad roe, once a staple in the Columbia, S.C., area. Noted Fulmer, for whom historic preservation is a passion, “It’s so important to shine a spotlight on the near-forgotten, heritage foods of our region and state."

Browse Chef Fulmer's photo gallery here.