chef chris coleman
Chris was born and raised in the northwest corner of Charlotte’s Mountain Island Lake community, and he spent his summers on his grandparents’ farm in Purvis, MS. There, he learned to appreciate the importance of local ingredients and fostering community. Faster than you can say one-Mississippi, he went from bussing tables at a local fish camp at age 14 to CPCC culinary grad. During his second semester, he landed an assistant job at McNinch House and became executive chef at 21. Chris developed and refined his cooking style for the next eight years there, branching out in 2012 to create The Market Kitchen pop-up dinner series featuring locally sourced Southern cuisine. He entered the hotel world in 2013 at The Dunhill Hotel and a year later, opened The Asbury there, a 40-seat farm-to-fork restaurant. Chris joined Charlotte Marriott City Center in 2016 as the director of culinary experience. When he’s not sharpening his knives, he’s at home with his wife, Ashley, and two kids, Luke and Ellie. Follow Chris on Instagram at @ChefCColeman.