As the daughter of a refugee from Budapest-turned Army Officer and West Point Professor, Chef Christa has lived in many cities throughout the country, all of which have given her a diverse culinary point of view.
Her love for entertaining and creating delicious food began when she was a child, helping her mother host dinners for generals and cadets, often attended by 50-100 people.
She was working in HR in New York City on 9/11. Watching the towers fall from her office window caused her to realize life was too short not to follow her true dream: becoming a chef. She went on to graduate from the French Culinary Institute and begin to make her way in the world-famous culinary scene of Chicago.
Family brought her back to Charlotte in 2003, when almost every building on North Davidson Street was an art gallery and Charlotteans flocked to visit them all. After watching those galleries become stores and restaurants over the next decade, she envisioned a space in which all these concepts could co-exist in harmony. She’s excited to finally realize this dream with The Artisan’s Palate, opening summer 2019.