Chef Chris Barbato

A long-time New Orleans resident, Chris’ extensive travels and exposure to world cuisines helped form the foundation of his tastes and culinary style. Having graduated from a small culinary school in Baton Rouge (originally owned by his Great-Aunt Violet), Chris has been an integral part of New Orleans’ culinary landscape and culture since 1992. He has worked in several venerated Brennan family-owned restaurants and, as is kitchen tradition, migrated through the corps, progressing quickly through every station.

For many years, he cooked under Jamie Shannon, Executive Chef of the storied Garden District gem Commander’s Palace, before later becoming Chef de Cuisine under James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Tory McPhail. In 2011, Chris was named Executive Chef at Café Adelaide, another Brennan family restaurant. Alongside his wife, Lisa, Chris opened and operated the Uptown café and bakery, Rivista, in 2013, but the lure of fine-dining called him to accept a new opportunity to build and helm the stunningly renovated restaurant dining space at The Country Club.