Chris Coleman

Years of Participation

Chef Chris Coleman was born and raised in the northwest corner of Charlotte's Mountain Island Lake community. He spent summers on his grandparents’ farm in Purvis, Mississippi, where he learned to appreciate the importance of local ingredients and fostering community.

Chris took a job bussing tables at a local seafood restaurant at 14 and became enthralled with the bustle and creativity of the kitchen. He enrolled at UNC Charlotte to study art and ceramics, but decided he wanted to become a chef and moved to Central Piedmont Community College’s culinary program.

During his second semester at school, he landed a job cooking on the line at McNinch House. When the head chef left, he was elevated to executive chef at 21. He branched out in 2012 to create The Market Kitchen pop-up dinner series and in early 2014, he opened The Asbury, a 40-seat farm-to-fork restaurant.

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.