Christopher Kufek was born in West Hills, California. Chris began his restaurant career washing dishes at the Argentine Café Buenos Aires in Santa Barbara and later earned a cook position there. After a year in Santa Barbara, he would move on to a short stint to train under James Beard award winner chef Gavin Kaysen at El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn located in San Diego, California. In 2013 Chef Chris will be featured on Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen as a guest chef.
Chris has worked his way up the culinary ladder to become the executive chef at the historic Saddle Peak Lodge. In addition to his talents in the kitchen he is also a highly skilled finish carpenter, metal worker and cabinet maker.