Chef Chris Coleman was born and raised in the northwest corner of Charlotte’s Mountain Island Lake community. He spent his summers on his grandparents’ farm in Purvis, Mississippi, where he learned to appreciate the importance of local ingredients and fostering community.
Chris began his career at a fish camp at age 14. There, he became enthralled with the bustle of the kitchen. After high school, Chris enrolled in Culinary studies at Central Piedmont Community College. He was named the Executive Chef at The McNinch House Restaurant in 2005, before branching out in 2012 to create The Market Kitchen pop-up dinner series using only locally sourced ingredients, while also experimenting with modern techniques. In early 2014, he opened The Asbury, a 40-seat farm-to-fork restaurant at The Dunhill Hotel.
Chris joined Charlotte Marriott City Center in 2016 as the Director of Culinary Experience overseeing Stoke Restaurant, Stoke Bar and coffeehouse Coco and the Director. He brings a rustic yet refined take on seasonal American cooking that showcases high quality, meticulously sourced ingredients, while he continues to work with local farmers, producers and artisans.