Years of Participation
Chef/ Owner, Chuck & Patty’s
Jacob Hunter is the chef and owner of Chuck & Patty’s at Workshop in Charleston, SC. Born in Massachusetts and raised in Atlanta, Hunter shared time in the kitchen at home cooking with his parents and started in restaurants a bus boy for a local Italian restaurant. Upon graduating from high school, he enrolled in the Art Institute of Atlanta after spending two influential months traveling through Europe.
While in culinary school, Hunter worked in concessions with Levy Restaurants at Philips Arena, aiming to enjoy the perks of the job - free concerts and sporting events. After graduating, Hunter stayed with Levy, eventually overseeing concessions and catering for numerous properties and large-scale events, including the 2003 NBA All Star Game, the Kentucky Derby, the Ravinia Music Festival and the FedEx Forum in Memphis.
Hunter then relocated to Washington, DC, working for storied American steak & seafood chain McCormick & Schmick’s and later joining Matchbox Food Group in 2008. As executive chef, he assisted in opening, culinary and operational development for numerous Matchbox locations and concepts in the DC area. Leaving Matchbox in 2014, Hunter struck out on his own as a chef/ partner in Dirty South Deli food truck. The popular mobile concept was awarded many accolades, including being named among The Washington Post’s ‘40 Essential Eats. After selling the concept in 2017, Hunter landed as the culinary director at Taylor Gourmet and later relocated to Charleston.
At his fast-casual burger project Chuck & Patty’s at culinary incubator and fancy food court Workshop, Hunter serves familiar flavors with a pop culture slant, making the food you grew up eating fun, inclusive and always delicious. The list of tasty burgers and fried chicken sandwiches are named after 90’s icons and served with crispy fries and dippers and nostalgic specials and off-menu items like boozy Capri Sun’s.