Best Chef Mike Davis is the owner and executive chef of the Columbia, SC restaurant Terra. Terra has been open for over 10 years, and has gained recognition as the restaurant that spearheaded the emergence of chef-driven restaurants in Columbia. Davis cooks contemporary American dishes with French, Southern, and Italian influences using local, seasonal food. He knows that you don't have to reinvent the wheel to have a successful restaurant. You just need to put your spin on what's tried and true.