About Chris

I’m a former marketing consultant, having worked with top Fortune 500 brands – and then everything changed, when I followed my heart into the world of the kitchen.

I became a chef, restaurant owner, author and speaker, having spoken on 2 TEDx stages and for companies, organizations and schools all over the country focused on leadership, career fulfillment and inspiring others to live their best selves.

Author

My first book, Making the Cut: What Separates the Best From the Rest an Amazon Bestseller profiled the world’s most acclaimed chefs and told their stories of success, failure, and what it takes to make it in the cutthroat world of restaurant kitchens.

Keep an eye out for my second book that should be released in late 2017, entitled Lead Like Chef: The 7 Principles That Guide Powerful, Successful and Humane Leaders.

Author

My first book, Making the Cut: What Separates the Best From the Rest an Amazon Bestseller profiled the world’s most acclaimed chefs and told their stories of success, failure, and what it takes to make it in the cutthroat world of restaurant kitchens.

Keep an eye out for my second book that should be released in late 2017, entitled Lead Like Chef: The 7 Principles That Guide Powerful, Successful and Humane Leaders.

Speaker

Having appeared on over 100 TV segments on stations across the Southeast, the natural next step for me was to take the stage and to share my message with a wider audience. My first TEDx talk in Norfolk led to another one in the town of my alma mater, Tuscaloosa, AL 2015.

Since, I’ve spoken with companies large and small and with brands well known and others that aren’t so much.

TEDx Talk

Latest Articles

How Working the Kitchen Should Make You a Better Person

The Friday rush is about to hit its threshold. The restaurant will transform from an empty dining room with servers making small talk and bartenders laughing with a few early bar regulars, to a packed house. The hostess ushers couples and groups of friends to their...

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How to Keep Good Staff When It’s Harder Than Ever

Now, more than ever, we (as an industry) are having a helluva time retaining good people. Before diving into how we can combat such a grave issu, it's important to note some of the less obvious reasons why this is happening: There are more restaurants than ever before...

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My 10 Most Viral Kitchen Videos

The following are my most popular Kitchen and Chef Videos. Some will make you roll on the floor laughing - others might make you misty with inspiration. Combined Views for These 10 Videos: Somewhere in the range of 6 Million. Now, I hope you'll bookmark this page, so...

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