Current Residency: Charlotte, NC
Occupation: Chef Partner 5Church Restaurants in Charlotte & Charleston and Sophia’s Lounge
Chef Jamie Lynch is the Chef Partner of 5Church Restaurants in Charlotte, NC and Charleston, SC as well as Sophia’s Lounge, located in the heart of Charlotte’s Uptown. Jamie competed on Season 14 of Top Chef in Charleston where he made his mark for his controversial decision to give up immunity. A New York native with a passion for sustainable upscale dining, Jamie attended the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont and upon graduation was offered a position by New York Times' four-star Le Cirque 2000 Restaurant in The Palace Hotel. He went on to gain experience at culinary heavyweights Aureole, Café Boulud, and Tocqueville before moving to Charlotte in 2002 to pursue his dream and open his own restaurant, now with locations in Charlotte & Charleston. He has garnered many accolades such as being voted Best Chef in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018 in Charlotte Magazine's "Best of the Best" Awards. In 2018, Jamie and his girlfriend Corey opened Chef Jamie’s Farm, a six-acre fruit and vegetable farm in Belmont, NC furthering his mission of sustainability and supplying local ingredients to his restaurants. He is currently working a new restaurant Tempest in Charleston and a new restaurant concept in Nashville with the team from 5Church, both set to open in 2020. In his spare time, Jamie enjoys farming, riding motorcycles and spending time with his girlfriend, farm dog Harlem and his teenage son.