He was pursuing a finance degree at Virginia Tech when he traveled to Charleston with friends for vacation. During that visit he was bit by the Lowcountry bug and he knew he wanted to land in the Charleston in the future. So he put his finance degree on the backburner and attended the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont where he received his culinary degree. He worked in fast-paced kitchens in New York City, and continued to finesse his fine dining skills. He was Head Chef at the fine dining establishments at luxury Country Clubs in Chatham on Cape Cod, MA. Committed to the craft, Harvey also worked in a French bakery in the mornings before heading into the kitchen.
He made his move to Charleston taking a job at the Cassique Golf Club on Kiawah Island. He started as Sous Chef and quickly moved up to Chef de Cuisine where he worked alongside Chef Tom Colicchio for 10 years.