Ask around about Two Boroughs Larder sous chef, Chris Hathcock, and there are two common answers. The first is that he's the kind of guy you'd want to grab a drink with after work. The second is that his charcuterie is staggeringly good. A fun-loving chef who's serious about meat? Seems like a worthy candidate for the 2014 Eater Young Gun race.
Hathcock was recently named a semifinalist for the national competition to identify the most promising up-and-coming talent in the restaurant industry. As Charleston's only candidate, this year, Eater came up with some facts you should know about the 27-year-old chef.
He started his culinary career as a dishwasher and prep cook, at the age of 15, in Savannah. Hathcock has a degree in forestry, but chose to head back to the kitchen, after college, and eventually made his way to the sous chef position at Atlanta's famed Empire State South. It was there that he developed a passion for "charcuterie, butchery, fermentation, and pasta production," said the ambitious cook.
After his mentor left ESS, Hathcock moved to Charleston, where he met Two Boroughs Larder chef Josh Keeler. Hathcock said that he was "immediately drawn to his style of cooking." The sous chef stated he enjoyed working with Keeler, because he has "freedom to be creative and express [him]self."
The Young Guns Class of 2014 will be unveiled in late June, so keep an eye here to see how Hathcock stacks up.
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