Eating Habits

Eating Habits

The restaurant industry today is drastically different from the one Top Chef Alum Jamie Lynch stepped into 30 years ago. Follow along as he discusses the current climate of the industry alongside various food and beverage professionals.


March 7, 2023 63 min

Jamie is joined by fellow two-time Top Chef Alum and owner of The Hummingbird Way, Jim Smith of Mobile, Alabama. Jim brings his wits and shares his creative process of cooking elevated seafood on the Gulf Coast and his passion for serving up all things local. Listen to hear how his his focus has shifted to creating a more sustainable environment around him and on the plate leading him to newfound passions.

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Philippines native and Chopped Champion, Nikko Cagalanan, is bringing authentic Filipino cuisine to Charleston through a series of pop-up dinners. With recipes inspired by his grandmother’s cooking, Chef Nikko takes us back to his childhood and the influence that has on his cooking style today. Jamie and Nikko look back on their experiences with TV cooking competitions, and discuss the different cultures that make up Filipino cuisi...

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February 7, 2023 53 min

Chef Mike Harvey of Jalisco Taqueria is passionate about utilizing authentic ingredients while paying homage to the flavors of Mexican culture. As a fellow graduate of NECI, years later, Jamie and Mike have both found themselves cooking in the Lowcountry. The two discuss all things tacos, Moles, dips and dishes and how a variety of cuisines have evolved their cooking styles today.

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January 24, 2023 66 min

Charleston native, Hamilton Horne, operates a hydroponic farm inside a shipping container and serves as a purveyor of artisanal lettuce, micro greens, herbs, and leafy greens for restaurants in the Lowcountry. In this episode, Hydro Ham and Jamie chat about the logic of buying from your local farms, inflation and disruption in the national food supply chain, and the benefits of investing in yourself.

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January 3, 2023 56 min

Jonathan Kish, CEO of Queen Street Hospitality and VP of the Lowcountry Hospitality Association, is keeping his family’s role in Charleston hospitality alive. Jonathan joins Jamie as the two talk about the mission of restaurant week, the value of learning from failure, and Jonathan’s integral role in bettering the hospitality industry in Charleston.

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November 16, 2022 87 min

Jamie is joined by John Matthews, aka “Turtle,” as they take a trip down memory lane to where their friendship started 26 years ago. Jamie and John discuss their time at culinary school, the countless kitchens they both worked in, and the path that led John on his culinary journey. Now a licensed massage therapist, John has yet to shake the culinary urge and sees food as a unified culture.

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November 8, 2022 72 min

Longtime news personality, Kristen Miranda, hosts the best of Charlotte’s culinary scene on her WBTV lifestyle segment. With the launch of her new collaborative cookbook “Tastes and Talents of Charlotte - WBTV Family Recipes” Jamie hosts Kristen for the first time to discuss her personal experiences interviewing chefs, her favorite Charlotte spots, and reflect on the past 10 years of both of their careers.

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November 1, 2022 81 min

North Carolina restaurateurs, Jamie Brown & Jeff Tonidandel, are the faces behind some of your favorite Charlotte restaurants. In this episode, the duo sits down with Jamie to discuss their entry into hospitality, women empowerment within the industry, and how they’ve integrated their personal experiences into their menus. With five successful concepts and one more on the way, listen to find out how they made their way onto Bon...

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October 25, 2022 74 min

Ben Ellsworth took the leap of a lifetime when he decided to get sober 6 and a half years ago. After spending 25 years working in the back of house, Ben founded GigPro, a software that provides a connection between restaurants and qualified “pros”. Ben’s ingenuity with GigPro began in Charleston and has since spread across the country. Listen as Ben opens up about his trajectory in life before and after choosing sobriety, and the i...

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October 18, 2022 56 min

For our 35th episode, Chef Jamie is joined by co-producer, Julia Kane, to reflect back on the common themes of our episodes thus far. From mental health awareness in the industry, to the influence of social media on diners, and all aspects of sustainability, Jamie discusses the current state of the hospitality industry.

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October 11, 2022 84 min

Whether it be cooking, running or writing, Chef Marc Jacksina brings the heat to all of his endeavors. Jamie and Marc recount their time spent in the kitchen together, discuss their experiences with learning from failure, and their approach to teaching the next generation.

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October 4, 2022 64 min

Chef Michael Noll lets the ingredients tell the story of every dish. As Chef Partner of Bardo and Vana in Charlotte, Michael discusses the concept, configuration and execution of a tasting menu concept. Follow along to hear what’s coming soon to Lake Norman.

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September 27, 2022 70 min

Nashville hospitality public relations mogul, Hannah Schneider acts as the voice for her vast portfolio of restaurant and hotel clients. While she currently serves as the founder and owner of BRND House, Hannah’s career path began at the host stand. In this episode, Jamie and Hannah sit down to discuss what it takes to make it in the industry, all things social media and even some secrets of her craft.

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September 20, 2022 87 min

Chef Brian Baxter knows how to hold court at Nashville’s “chef incubator” and open kitchen concept, The Catbird Seat. Brian’s creativity extends from his food to the canvas where he experiments with oils and watercolors. In this episode, Jamie and Brian discuss what goes into his unique menu creations, the evolving culture as a leader in the kitchen, and the benefits they both experience from choosing sobriety.

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September 13, 2022 71 min

Owner and Executive Pastry Chef of Wentworth & Fenn, Sam Allen, is known by many in Charlotte for her signature desserts and pastries. Jamie and Sam whisk up conversation about how she turned her passion into an independently owned gourmet pastry operation at Camp North End.

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August 30, 2022 68 min

From food runner to Executive Chef, William Underwood propelled his way through the ranks. William shares his passion for art that has translated from the dance studio, to the plate, and now to the canvas. The two discuss balancing a healthy life inside and out of the kitchen.

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August 23, 2022 72 min

Chef Ashley Boyd was destined for the restaurant life, it was just a matter of choosing the right position. After working her way through the front and back of the house, she found her passion lied within pastry. In this episode, Ashley and Jamie dive into their cooking voices and what it’s like to be a kid in the kitchen.

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August 16, 2022 60 min

From opponents to friends, Jamie brings on Chef Gerald Sombright, who recently led his team at Knife & Spoon in Orlando to become Florida’s inaugural Michelin star restaurant. The two recount their experiences on Top Chef and the one ingredient that got them both eliminated.

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August 9, 2022 87 min

With Appalachian roots, Chef William Dissen was raised cooking with fresh ingredients from his grandmother’s farm. His upbringing cultivated his cooking style today and has led him to become known as one of the world’s most sustainable chefs. Listen as Jamie and William discuss his familial ties to the culinary world, the ups and downs of restaurant ownership, and the importance of sustainable cooking.

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August 2, 2022 43 min

Tried-and-true North Carolinian, Chef Bill Smith, spent the majority of his culinary career at the iconic Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill. In this episode, Jamie & Bill talk for the very first time about the evolution of the culinary world and Bill’s unorthodox practices that led him to become one of Chapel Hill’s best-known chefs.

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