Executive Chef Ben Norton got his start in restaurants as a teenager, working in kitchens throughout high school in his hometown of Atlanta, and hasn’t stopped since. Knowing he was destined for a life as a chef, he earned his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Chattahoochee Technical College in Atlanta. Following graduation, he took a job at Restaurant Eugene to train under James Beard Award-winning Chef Linton Hopkins. After 3 years as Executive Sous Chef, Norton decided to head to the Lowcountry to join the team at McCrady’s in Downtown Charleston in 2015.
First serving as Sous Chef, Norton recognizes the privilege of working in the tasting-menu format that allows the small team of young chefs to foster their creativity and fresh approach to fine-dining. After almost one year as Sous Chef, he was promoted to Executive Chef in 2019. As Executive Chef, Norton strives to create a sophisticated dining experience unlike any in Charleston, while keeping the menu fun and approachable. Focusing on education and constant learning from the great chefs across the country, his creativity is driven by exploring everyday life and translating them into innovative dishes.
As a car aficionado, Norton enjoys working on old cars and motorcycles when he’s not in the kitchen.
Patrick McMahon is the Manager and Sommelier at McCrady’s in downtown Charleston, McMahon found his place within the restaurant business while working as a busboy in his hometown of Nashville, but his true passion for wine sparked later after trying a 1982 vintage of Chateau Margaux. Since then, his love for wine as both a career and hobby has driven his expertise in the industry over the past decade.
McMahon first joined The Neighborhood Dining Group team at Husk Nashville in 2013 as a server’s assistant, and he quickly moved up the ranks over the following four years. After a move to the Lowcountry, he took a position as a server at Husk’s sister restaurant, McCrady’s. Now, as Manager and Sommelier at the tasting-menu restaurant, he manages the day-to-day operations in addition to leading the award-winning wine program. Seeing guests’ reactions to the McCrady’s experience keeps him motivated to provide both exceptional service and unforgettable wine, as well as encouraging his team members. The counter-style format allows McMahon to interact with guests and educate them on unique wines that pair with the innovative dishes from Chef Benjamin Norton.
In his free time, McMahon enjoys spending time at the beach, watching sports, and diving into books about wine.