The secret is out! 5Church’s very own Partner and Executive Chef, Jamie Lynch, and Warehouse Bar + Kitchen’s Emily Hahn were selected as contestants on Top Chef Season 14, which was filmed in Charleston earlier this year and is scheduled to debut on December 1, 2016!
Chef Jamie Lynch currently divides his time between 5Church’s three locations in Charleston, Charlotte and Atlanta. Extremely creative, passionate, personable and high in energy, Chef Jamie is a New York native who began his career in the restaurant industry when he was only 16 years old. A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont, Lynch went on to train under the highest caliber of chefs possible including Michael Mina at Aqua in San Francisco and Daniel Boulud, Andrew Carmellini and Charlie Palmer in New York City. Chef Jamie moved to Charlotte in 2002 and continued to perfect his craft at such restaurants as Barrington’s and Blue Restaurant before opening 5Church Charlotte in 2012 with Owners Patrick Whalen, Alejandro Torio and Ayman Kamel. Chef Jamie went on open 5Church’s second location in Charleston in November 2015 and third location in Atlanta in June 2016. Lynch has since garnered many prestigious accolades, including being named Charlotte Magazine’s Best Chef in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Chef Emily Hahn is the Chef at Warehouse Bar + Kitchen and has been cooking in the South for eleven years. Her culinary career began at Mamma Zu in Richmond, Virginia, working directly with Ed Vasaio. After three years at the helm of Mamma Zu’s kitchen, Hahn moved to Vermont to attend New England Culinary Institute. Upon graduating, she made her way to Charleston to work under James Beard Award winner, Mike Lata, at FIG Restaurant. Hahn’s passion for foods of different cultures and travel soon led her to Patagonia, Chile, to work at one of the top-rated fly fishing lodges in the world, Martin Pescador Lodge. After returning from Chile, Hahn took a part-time position at Warehouse and eventually took the lead in the kitchen as the Executive Chef, all while growing her empanada business, Empanada Mamma. Her cuisine is bright, flavorful, and elevates simple ingredients in inventive ways. In 2015, Hahn was named one of Charleston’s “Rising Star Chefs” by FOOD & WINE Magazine and Eater Charleston’s “Chef of the Year.”