Chris grew up in Atlanta, then went off to earn a Master's in Marketing, which provided him with a lucrative job in consulting upon graduation that he soon learned to hate. Miserable after a year and a half, Chris made a 180°, followed his heart and passion into the world of cooking and opened his first restaurant at the age of 28. There he grew into the role of executive chef. Having taken his experiences in the corporate world, as well as those in the kitchen, Chris has built a large following centered around TV appearances all over the southeast U.S., his writing, two TEDx talks and his mission of helping industry workers to lead fulfilling, successful careers. He regularly speaks and shares his work on his blog and on Medium discussing topics such as leadership, career fulfillment and other related topics.