Executive Chef; founder
Chris’ love for the food industry traces all the way back to his high school years, working part-time in the kitchen of a local restaurant in Philadelphia. After high school, Chris entered The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College for his formal culinary education, but, unlike his school peers, he landed a part-time job at the world-renowned Ritz Carlton after only two months of studying, and continued throughout schooling.
Upon graduation, Chris won the attention of highly acclaimed Master Chefs Paul Bocuse and Joel Antunes who offered Chris a job at The Ritz Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta, the only five-star, five-diamond restaurant in the Southeastern United States. After working diligently for two years under Chef Antunes, Chris was recommended to assist in the grand opening of The Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, CA. Upon competition, he returned to The Ritz Carlton Buckhead, where he spent the next four years perfecting his craft. After six intense and informative years working exclusively for The Ritz Carlton, Chris felt it was time to diversify his culinary talents and explore his entrepreneurial dreams back on the West Coast.
Back in California, Chris worked as a private chef for high profile clients until he decided to work exclusively for a family in Beverly Hills. Chris was quickly consumed with creating specific, innovative and diverse meals three times a day for the family, while simultaneously prepping for weekly cocktail and dinner parties. As one might expect, his natural and unique ability to customize and cater to an array of requests ultimately led to the birth of Chris Brugler Catering.