Passionate about learning new cuisines and growing in the culinary arts, Chris moved across the Pacific to Hawaii. The ethnic cuisine of the islands led Chris to celebrity Chef Roy Yamaguchi's, Roy's Restaurant: "I loved working in Hawaii and thrived off learning the cuisine."
Chris rapidly earned new opportunities and was promoted with Roy's to Executive Sous Chef in Tampa, FL and finally to Executive Chef Partner in Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV. Chef Chris celebrates noted awards such as "Best New Restaurant 2001" and "Best Seafood Restaurant 2005" by the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Chef Chris arrived in Arizona as Corporate Executive Chef for another celebrity, country singer Toby Keith. Chris was instrumental in opening Toby Keith's restaurants across the country.
In 2011 Chris joined Tonto Verde as the Executive Chef. Here, Chris has developed an outstanding culinary team and they all enjoy sharing Chef's unique versatile styles of modern cuisine with the members and guests.