Chris Santos Biography
Chris Santos is a New York City chef. He is the executive chef and owner of The Stanton Social in New York’s Lower East Side.
In late 2010, he opened Beauty & Essex, a 250-seat, 10,000 square foot (930 m2) restaurant in the heart of the lower east side. He is a recurring guest judge on the Food Network show Chopped, and is developing a show of his own. Chris was born in 1971, in Fall River, Massachusetts. His family is of mixed heritage; his mother was of Irish descent and his father was of Portuguese descent. The youngest of 4 children, he has 2 brothers and 1 sister.
Chris Santos Age
Born on March 26, 1971, Chris is 48 years as of 2019.
Chris Santos Net Worth
The American chef, entrepreneur and television personality has a net worth of $8 million.
Chris Santos Restaurants
Chris Santos is the owner of The Stanton Social in New York’s Lower East Side. In late 2010, he opened Beauty & Essex, a 250-seat, 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) restaurant in the heart of the lower east side. He previously served as the executive chef of the famed Time Cafe and the award-winning Latin restaurant Suba.
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Chris Santos Beauty and Essex
Santos introduced the world to his unique brand of communal dining with his debut restaurant, The Stanton Social in 2005. It took the New York City dining scene by storm and has since become a true culinary institution. Santos introduced Beauty & Essex to the Lower East Side in December 2010. This multi-level restaurant and lounge once again revolutionized dining in this trendy neighborhood and is one of the most popular restaurants in New York. Santos opened his third restaurant, VANDAL in January 2016.
It was in partnership with the TAO Group, which instantly became another lower east side hit. The Las Vegas location of Beauty & Essex opened at The Cosmopolitan May 2016 and in Los Angeles the following year.
Chris Santos Career
Santos’s first job in the kitchen was washing pots at the age of 13. It was at a small local restaurant in his hometown of Bristol, Rhode Island. Afterwards he was moved from the sink to the stove where he started learning how to cook in his early teens. He attended Bristol High School in Bristol, Rhode Island and graduated in 1989. Upon graduation, Santos studied culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Initially, he planned on attending for only two years.
However, after the school awarded him a fellowship, he remained for two more years studying restaurant and hotel management, graduating in 1993 with honors. He considers himself to be more so a “self-taught” chef even though Santos is appreciative of his culinary art training at Johnson & Wales. He never underwent formal training under esteemed master chefs such as Jean Georges, Boulud or Batali.
Santos moved to New York City after graduating from Johnson & Wales and in 1994, he was hired by the iconic Time Café, where he eventually would become executive chef at the age of 23, remaining until 1998. He devoted the better part of 1999 visiting 14 countries and over 40 cities in Europe which only furthered his passion and love for cooking. Santos returned to NYC in 2000. One of his first kitchen jobs upon returning to the US was at Boston’s French-inspired Cranebook Restaurant and Tearoom.
He pulled a brief stint as consulting chef for Rue 57. At the age of 29, in November 2000, Santos opened his first restaurant, Wyanoka. He was partner and executive chef. Wyanoka, a tiny “hidden gem” of a restaurant with just 27 seats, soon had a determined and loyal following and received glowing reviews from publications such as The New York Times. He was favorably critiqued by current food critic Sam Sifton. He became executive chef in 2003 at award-winning Latin restaurant Suba.
The following year he held the same position at Brooklyn, New York’s Mojo. Simultaneously, he was co-owner/executive chef at The Mexican Sandwich Company in Brooklyn, New York. Santos opened his most successful restaurant at the time, The Stanton Social in January 2005. He was with partners Rich Wolf and Peter Kane. This restaurant, located in New York City’s Lower East Side, was very well received and has been praised in many celebrated magazines and newspapers such as Time Out New York, New York Magazine and The New York Times.
The Stanton Social introduced the world to Santos’ unique brand of experiential communal dining with its expansive menu of multi-cultural small plates. He was named Star Chefs Rising Star Chef in 2007 and began developing a sister-restaurant to his first smash hit. Santos opened his largest restaurant to date in December 2010 Beauty & Essex. The Lower East Side’s historic M. Katz Furniture store was transformed into a dramatic bi-level restaurant and lounge with a two-story crystal chandelier and a twenty-foot skylight.
Within months of opening, Beauty & Essex was voted the “Hottest Restaurant in the U.S.” A staple destination for A-list clientele, the perennially booked restaurant has continued to propel Santos’ career as an influential, celebrity chef. Santos was scheduled to open Vandal in January 2016 his third restaurant in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Santos is working on two new restaurants in 2016 which are slated for Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
In addition, he is currently working on his first cookbook, and still hopes to launch a long-rumored line of tattoo-inspired chef apparel with celebrity Tattoo Artist Michelle Myles.