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  • Charleston's hyper-competitive restaurant scene has a worthy new contender

  • 'Top Chef' Recap: Walking, Not Grilling, the Plank

  • Inspiration Served Daily

  • Jamie Lynch may be off Top Chef: Charleston, but he doesn't have any regrets

  • Here's the Real Story Behind *That* Shocking Top Chef Elimination

  • Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink in Charleston

  • 'Top Chef' Competitor Jamie Lynch on Which Costar He Thinks is a Chef to Watch & His NYC Food Faves

  • 5 Church Charleston is now open

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  • Here Are Our Favorite Bites From The Charleston Wine + Food Festival

  • 5 Church Charleston is one of the hottest new spots to open downtown

  • no surprise when he earned the “Best Chef” award in 2013, 2014 and 2015

  • A new restaurant is opening later this year at the corner of Charleston's East Bay and North Market streets

  • 2016 Chef of the Year - Charlotte

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Jamie LynchExecutive Chef

Jamie Lynch’s affinity for the high-octane kitchen life began when he was only 16 years old, worki...

Alejandro TorioOwner – Marketing Director

Alejandro’s entertainment experience and his opinions on atmosphere, cuisine, and customer service...

Patrick WhalenOwner – Operator

Over a 15–year career, Patrick Whalen has earned his stripes in the hospitality business...

Ayman KamelOwner - Operator

Ayman Kamel is a Principal with MAP Management Hospitality Group...

  • Jamie Lynch

    Executive Chef

    Jamie Lynch

    Jamie Lynch’s affinity for the high-octane kitchen life began when he was only 16 years old, working his first job as a dishwasher at a local bar and grill in a Massachusetts fishing town.

    He went on to attend the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont, and work at such culinary heavyweights as Aqua in San Francisco and Le Cirque 2000, Aureole, Café Boulud and Tocqueville in New York City.

    Upon moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2002, Lynch worked at new American bistro Ethan’s, meeting farmer Sammy Koenigsberg of New Town Farms. “Seeing his produce, the chickens he was raising and the flavors he was cultivating from the earth just blew my mind,” Lynch recalls. “Before I knew it I was spending all my days off there to help. My attention shifted to the product and how it got to the plate.”

    Lynch’s relationship with Charlotte’s sustainable farming community and the local dining culture grew from there, and in 2012 he accomplished his dream of starting his own restaurant with the opening of 5Church in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. He has since garnered many accolades, such as Charlotte Magazine’s Best Chef award in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and most recently, was awarded Thrillist Charlotte's Chef of the Year in 2016. Lynch participated on Season 14 of Bravo's Top Chef and made history by becoming the first Cheftestant to give up his immunity.

    His cuisine at 5Church speaks to the diversity of the restaurants’ owners and is a hybrid of flavors from all over the world tied together with traditional culinary techniques and a philosophy of showcasing the ingredients rather than overproducing them. With the opening of two more 5Church locations in Charleston, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, he makes his mark in all three markets by offering both signature dishes as well as items that speak to each city’s geographical differences, from more meat-centric meals in Charlotte to a larger seafood selection in Charleston to playful, envelope-pushing dishes that reflect the unique cultural melting pot that is Atlanta.

  • Alejandro Torio

    Owner – Marketing Director

    Alejandro Torio

    Alejandro’s entertainment experience and his opinions on atmosphere, cuisine, and customer service are essential to MAP Management’s business model and strategic plans.

    Since moving here from NYC in January of 2010, Alejandro Torio has worked diligently to provide entertainment to Charlotte’s social scene as the form Marketing Director at Butter NC and Co-Founder of Fashion’s Night Out Charlotte. Since the late 1990’s, Alejandro has co-produced events featuring nationally recognized talent such as the Beastie Boys, Moby and DJ Mark Ronson. He also hosted weekly events at New York City hostspots including Lotus, Bed, Centro-Fly and Marquee.

    For locals, 5Church is the place where Uptown meets Plaza Midwood and Myers Park. The restaurant is an environment where residents and visitors can enjoy the combined elements of sophisticated décor, unique food, hip and friendly staff, and a varietal selection of beverages in a lively, artistic scene. Dining out should be an event experience for all meals.

  • Patrick Whalen

    Owner – Operator

    Patrick Whalen

    Over a 15–year career, Patrick Whalen has earned his stripes in the hospitality business.

    Working as a dish-washer all the way up to executive level management, Patrick has developed a service-centered style where knowledge, passion, and a drive to excel are paramount.

    After almost a decade learning the trade by working in New York City, Patrick, bound to his North Carolina roots, moved his family back South and was hired as Butter NC’s General Manager. Under his leadership, Butter NC became established as the premiere nightclub establishment in the Southeast, and received numerous awards for excellence in service.

    Guided by his entrepreneurial spirit, Patrick was in search of a strategic, collaborative partnership to open a new type of restaurant that complements his passion for good food and his detailed business acumen. Friends and former colleagues Alejandro Torio and Mills Howell expressed similar thoughts and their combined strengths led to the creation of 5Church Restaurant.

    "Most restaurants are known for one of maybe two things” Patrick says. "Some have great food, and incredible design or terrific service. Rarely do you see all three in one place. At MAP Management, it is our goal to distinguish 5Church by offering excellence in all three areas of the restaurant."

  • Ayman Kamel

    Owner - Operator

    Ayman Kamel

    Ayman Kamel is a Principal with MAP Management Hospitality Group.

    Prior to joining MAP, Ayman was the Executive of the international entertainment group Big Bowl LLC, a firm focused on growth strategies, business improvement and systems optimization within the hospitality and retail industries. Ayman previously served as an Area Director Of Operations for the Cheesecake Factory. He was instrumental in positioning the North East Region to head all regions within The Cheesecake Factory, leading all strategic development for expansion and profits. Ayman is active as an advisory and/or Board role to several hospitality companies.