Restaurateur and Celebrity Chef Chris Santos is a New York-based chef best known as one of the featured judges on Food Network’s overwhelmingly popular cooking competition series Chopped. Chris is a top celebrity chef for hire for annual food festivals, trade shows and other special events. While not filming for Food Network or traveling the country for events, Chris stays busy as the owner and executive chef of 2 restaurants located in New York City’s lower east side called The Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex.
A Massachusetts native, Chris learned the tricks of the trade working at various restaurants in the NYC area including Cranebook Restaurant and Tearoom and the award-winning Latin restaurant Suba. In 2000, he opened his first restaurant called Wyanoka that garnered stellar reviews from local food critics. 5 years later he opened The Stanton Social, where guests were fully introduced to his multi-cultural style. In 2010, Chris opened his latest venture Beauty & Essex. He is currently working on 3 new restaurants, opening another in NYC and expanding his brand to the west coast with new restaurants in Los Angeles and Los Vegas.
Since becoming one of the top celebrity chefs in the culinary community, Celebrity Chef Chris Santos has developed his own line of signature sauces and recently signed a partnership with meal-delivery service Chef’d. He makes regular celebrity chef appearances on morning and daytime TV programs including NBC’s Today, Show, CBS’s Early Show as well as cooking series such as The Martha Stewart Show and The Rachael Ray Show. Chris currently sits on the board of directors for City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization.