Jonathan Searle Executive Chef, Lockbox
After college, Jonathan Searle followed his passion for cooking and 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 Appetit magazine’s list of “10 Best Hotels for Food Lovers.”
With a successful tenure at Proof and a strong network of the region’s craft purveyors, Searle returns to Lexington. As the executive chef of Lockbox, his menus highlight simple ingredients, with a nod to Kentucky’s rich Southern heritage and Lexington’s own cultural and agricultural identities.