Jared Hammond

Years of Participation


Jared Hammond is the Executive Chef at Charleston’s classic French restaurant, Brasserie la
Hammond first developed an interest in food at a young age when he spent time hunting,
fishing, and cooking alongside his mother. When it was time to start paying for his own
expenses, he picked up a restaurant job in his hometown of Mount Vernon, IL – beginning as a
busboy at a local establishment and eventually working his way up to the lead grill cook
position. Drawn to the fast-paced kitchen culture, Hammond decided to enhance his skills at
Rend Lake College and graduated with an associate degree in culinary arts. After college,
Hammond worked at lauded restaurants across the Southeast, where he was able to finesse his
culinary expertise in a variety of cuisines, including French fare.
Over the years, he expanded his skillset and industry knowledge, and in 2022, Hammond
officially joined the Brasserie la Banque team as Executive Chef. Here, Hammond aspires to
create a lasting culinary experience for each restaurant guest and a positive work environment
for his team. Hammond also works closely with local purveyors and farmers to transform their
products into the inventive, French-inspired dishes for which Brasserie la Banque is known. For
him, it’s essential that the menu resembles the restaurant – both technically driven and
artistically beautiful.
When he’s not in the kitchen, Hammond enjoys exploring both Charleston’s vibrant restaurant
scene and nearby nature trails with his fiancé and their dog.