Jonathan Searle


Jonathan Searle Executive Chef, Proof on Main

Searle began his culinary career in 2008 at Lexington staples Dudley’s on Short, Bourbon n’ Toulouse, and Bellini’s. In 2011, Searle joined the team at Proof on Main, the acclaimed restaurant at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, and quickly rose through the ranks to become executive sous chef. Searle helped the restaurant earn numerous accolades including a place on Bon Appétit magazine’s list of “10 Best Hotels for Food Lovers.”


With a successful tenure at Proof on Main and a strong network of the region’s craft purveyors, Searle returned to Lexington to open Lockbox restaurant at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington. He rejoins Louisville’s vibrant culinary community as executive chef of Proof on Main. True southern hospitality is interpreted by Searle’s thoughtful preparations that let the ingredients do the talking.