By Nancy Wood
Rovin Chin, Sous Chef
The Pinnacle Club and Edgar’s Above Broad, Augusta
A native of the Philippines, Rovin Chin literally grew up in the hospitality industry at his family’s restaurant. After graduating from culinary school, he joined Hyatt Hotels in Manila as a cook; when he moved to California in 2014, once again Hyatt became his landing pad. Over a seven-year span, Chin worked his way up the kitchen hierarchy to chef de cuisine before making the move to Augusta for his wife’s career as a physician at Augusta University Medical Center.
Now he puts his talent to work as sous chef for members-only The Pinnacle Club and Edgar’s Above Broad, both part of Edgar’s Hospitality Group, which is the hospitality division of Goodwill Industries. The group also manages Edgar’s Grille, Edgar’s Bakehouse, Snelling Conference Center, and Edgar’s Catering and provides hands-on experience for students in the School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts at Helms College, a private postsecondary school sponsored by Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area.
After spending his career in the hotel industry, Chin says he was drawn to Edgar’s Hospitality Group and how they conduct their business operations.
“I felt like my experience in the hotel industry would help the students and make them ready for the real world,” he says. One way he forges those bonds is by holding member mixer’s at The Pinnacle Club, where the students from Helms College help out and interact with the members and potential members of the club.
Chin lends his creativity and exciting culinary style to the two operations he oversees.
“I’m really passionate about cooking and connecting with the food that I cook and explaining it to both my diverse kitchen staff and to our guests.”
As a self-proclaimed “easy-going guy,” Chin says being adaptable is an important part of his job as well. “I tend to help a lot, and I try to communicate with the people around me to make our operation run smoothly and organized.”
As for the future, just like the college students he helps, Chin says he still wants to grow and learn more about the restaurant industry.
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