Chef, Humanitarian, and Jazz Aficionado in Brooklyn, New York
Chef Chris began his culinary career in Philadelphia when the city was in the midst of a culinary revolution.
Philly was shaking off its old school style and moving into a world of new ingredients, new cooking techniques, innovative ideas and bolder, cleaner flavors. Chef Chris is proud to be a part of that movement.
He worked alongside notable chefs such as Kevin Sbraga (Top Chef season 7 winner) Mike Isabella (Top chef season 6 finalist) Al Paris ( Executive chef of Heirloom Restaurant) and Michael Solomanov (Zahav, Marigold Kitchen, Federal Donuts, Percy St. BBQ).
After spending 15 years in Philly honing his skills and running two major restaurants with the Starr Restaurant Group with chefs Marcus Sammuelsson and Franklin Becker, Chef Chris moved to New York City.
In New York, Chef Chris began as Executive Chef for CNN and Time Warner, overseeing major dining events with L’Oreal, NBA, NFL, HBO, Chris Rock, and the city government of New York. In addition, he has cooked for elite dignitaries such as Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, South African President Nelson Mandela, Actors Jerry Seinfeld and many other professional athletes and media personalities.
In November 2010, Chef Chris opened Brooklyn Commune with his wife Eugenie. They both shared a love for food and community and vowed to save the world through food. Three years into a stellar opening, they have provided food, clothes and further education for children in India. They helped build a victory garden for a local women’s shelter and provide food for them prepared by Chef Chris and local children in Windsor Terrace at a monthly kids cooking class. In addition, Chef Chris has twice been part of a team that the James Beard Foundation has recognized with the prestigious “Dinner of the Year Award.” In September 2011, he had the honor of having his name and Brooklyn Commune grace the marquee headline for the “Best of Brooklyn” dinner. In February 2014, he has been invited back to cook for the James Beard Foundation at an event at the legendary Lincoln Center. Chef Chris was also invited to cook at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. In February 2016, Chef Chris and his wife opened Butterfunk Kitchen. a soul food/juke joint restaurant that is heritage cooking at its finest. It prepares authentic soul food based on seven generations of family recipes. They received BEST new restaurant in 2016 by Brooklyn Magazine. They were also written up in the New York Times.
- Butterfunk Kitchen, BK Commune
- Coatesville High School, Temple University, French Culinary Institute