Throughout her life, Chef Lynn Michelle has believed that food brings people together. Her experiences living all over the world — as well as formal training in Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales — not only opened her eyes to a range of culinary styles and flavors but enabled her to craft her culinary skills into her own unique style. Her love of good food, combined with the diversity of environments, people, and ideas she experienced, shapes her into a chef that can bring something truly incredible to the table.
From working as a private chef in Belgium (including the International School learning different styles from students across the globe) to being Executive Chef at two Bed & Breakfasts in Beaufort County, to work at Lowcountry restaurant staples, Chef Lynn has spent her career nurturing her love of cooking – and is what led her to discover her true calling as a personal chef.
Today, as The East Coast Chef®, Chef Lynn uses the “culinary flavors and flair” she gained through her travels to create the perfect meal for every occasion – delighting families of all sizes through her passion for cooking and commitment to creating a unique culinary experience. Chef Lynn prides herself on culinary creations that reflect the different tastes, flavors, ingredients, and styles she’s learned in her career.
Chef Lynn is a member of the Private and Personal Chef Association and is Serv-Safe certified. A resident of Hilton Head Island, she serves as an Advisory Board Member/Culinary Artist at the Bluffton Boundary Gallery & Art Studio, and Advisory Board Member for the not-for-profit organization “A Call to Action”. Since 2011, she has served as the Personal Chef of Choice for Hilton Head Heroes Board Member Fundraiser, a not-for-profit organization bringing families with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses to Hilton Head Island for a vacation.
The East Coast Chef® Team
Catherine (Cathie) works closely with Chef Lynn in preparing and serving the perfect meal to clients and their guests. She brings her passion for cooking and trying new recipes to her role – where she notes her favorite part of the job is meeting the families and friends we are cooking for and seeing how all the planning and preparation flawlessly comes together! Cathie’s love of cooking began when she moved into her first apartment – where her husband invited all the friends who helped move them in for a dinner party, and she had to learn very quickly how to cook. The food turned out great, and she found that cooking is very relaxing; and has enjoyed reading cookbooks and trying new recipes ever since (hosting many social and business dinner parties since!) Cathie, who is captain for a USTA tennis team, also has training as an x-ray technologist and studied at Penn State. Noting that she has “too many favorite foods to name just one,” her favorite celebrity chef is The Barefoot Contessa. Her favorite movie is Under the Tuscan Sun, and her favorite colors are blues and pinks.
Ron brings years of culinary experience to the team. He is responsible for Leadership and Team Development, Menu and Recipe Development, Execution of Events, Strategic Planning, and Implementation. Ron brings his passion for cooking to his role, working closely with Chef on culinary aspects of the business and creating unique and stunning menus that leave lasting impressions in the mind, hearts, and palates of guests. Ron studied Culinary Arts, Hotel Food and Beverage Management, and Hotel Restaurant Institutional Management at the prestigious Johnson & Wales. Additionally, he received his Certification of Brewing Technology at Siebel Institute. He is a Certified Dietary Manager/Certified Food Protection Professional, received his NRA ServSafe Manager Certification, and is an NRA ServSafe Instructor/Proctor. Ron is a member of the National Restaurant Association, and American Culinary Federation the Piedmont Culinary Guild. Other than Chef Lynn, Ron’s favorite chef is Alton Brown – and his favorite thing he has ever eaten is his grandmother’s Maryland Crab Cakes. His favorite movie is The Blues Brothers, and his favorite color is red.
Justine Milosev was born and raised on Hilton Head Island. She has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina. Justine has worked as a school teacher here and in Europe, a ballet instructor, and in food and beverage on Hilton Head throughout the years. She loves to travel with her husband and experience new cuisine.
Nikola Milosev was born and raised in Zrenjanin, Serbia. He came to Hilton Head on a J-1 work and travel Visa in 2012 where he met his wife, Justine, working in a local restaurant together. He has an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Novi Sad. In his free time, he loves to fish and play tennis.
Chef Lenka Jones (AKA Ellie)
Chef Ellie’s love affair with the culinary world began long before stepping foot into a professional kitchen. Starting in her native Ukraine with her mother and grandma, she watched them create magic in the kitchen. In fact, Chef says that even with her own accomplishments, they are the best cooks around, still inspiring her to this day.
Chef Ellie spent 25 years moving up in the food and beverage industry in NYC. Learning the industry in every capacity from waiting tables, working front & back of house, event & wedding planning, line, sous, and finally becoming a head chef. She came to Hilton Head Island in 2016, becoming an instant sensation in the Lowcountry culinary scene.
From themed & holiday menus, pop-up dinners, event planning & catering, to last-minute dining to delight and impress, her culinary creations – coupled with her energy, imagination, and bigger-than-life personality – make her a welcome addition to our team.