Washington chef becomes finalist for best chef in the southeast

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina chef has made the cut and is now a finalist for best chef in the southeast.

Jamie Davis, executive chef at “The Hackney” in Washington, is one of five finalists for the James Beard Foundation best chef of the southeast, competing with chefs in 6 states.

“Now you got to live up to everything, said Davis. “It’s cool with me but it’s like a rollercoaster-like you’re on a high note like I can’t wait, it’s awesome…but then it’s also like ok, the journey just started now.”

Davis says he has been in the food industry his whole life. he started as a dishwasher when he was 16, found his passion in cooking, and became a cook in the military in Iraq.

The James Beard Foundation winners will be announced on June 10th in Chicago.