Chris holds an Associates Degree from Johnson and Wales University in Culinary Arts and a BS in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. A lifelong student, Chris is a member of the Butcher's Guild and is always striving to becoming a better butcher and meat advocate. He is Lean Six Sigma certified through Villanova University.
His first involvement in meat processing began by working his way up to quickly become the Plant Manager at Sunnyside Meats in Durango, Colorado. Always seeking new challenges, Chris moved on to become the GM of a new small meat processing facility in the rural mountains of Virginia. Beginning in January of 2012, Chris designed, opened and operated the federally inspected plant. After the successful launch of Alleghany Meats (which included hiring, training, branding, and establishing the business) Chris moved to Los Angeles to become a full-time consultant. As a consultant, he has worked with clients on everything from mobile slaughter units to HACCP consultation.
Today, Chris is the Director of Stockyards at US Foods San Diego. He lives on 8 acres in the mountains of San Diego with his wife Adrienne and their 2 Catahoulas.
- Walk-through and review of a plant being considered for purchase.
- Design plan review and analysis for a small multi-species slaughter, cut and wrap facility.
- Writing a HACCP plan for RTE products such as jerky and ham
- Fixing a HACCP plan for a small slaughterhouse and assisting in their first federal review
- Assisting in the development of a mobile processing network with a small grower co-op
- Designing a multi-species nano-scale plant for on-farm processing and further processing
- Writing HACCP plans for a restaurant program that was breaking down whole animals and making sausage from scratch.
Awards & Memberships
2011-2016 Member, The Butcher's Guild
2012 Community Economic Development Award - Alleghany Meats, Southern Economic Development Council
2010 Small Business of the Year - Sunnyside Meats, Durango Chamber of Commerce
6-9-2015 The New Livestock Farmer, Contributor of livestock cut sheets for a book written by Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop.
8-19-2013 LA I'm Yours, Blog showing love for Chris and Chef Tione's Tuesday Grill-outs at Short Order LA
4-17-2013 Cochon 555 LAX, LA Magazine pre-event coverage.
3-14-2013 Cochon 555 DC eater DC write up on the Cochon event.
7-1-2012 Good Meats, Feature in Edible Blue Ridge (central VA Edible Communities magazine) summer 2012 issue about Alleghany Meats.
6-24-2012 Slaughterhouse helps Highland farmers make their living, Front page of the Sunday Staunton Newsleader about opening Alleghany Meats.
9-14-2011 Carving for the Carnivorous, Durango Herald article on Camp Carnivore, an introduction to meat cutting class taught by Chris in Durango, CO.
12-07-2011 Dishing it Out, Durango Herald article on Links and Drinks, a sausage-making and cocktail pairing class taught by Chris in Durango, CO.
3-30-2011 Cochon 555 Butchery Battle, Westword blog's coverage of the Cochon 555 2011 Denver butcher competition.
2014 Chef’s Collaborative Breakout, Boulder, CO: Demonstration of innovative approach to fabricating and cooking grass fed middle meats.
2014 Speaker, NV Small Farms Conference, Reno, NV: Presentation on food safety and understanding regulations as an on-farm meat business.
2013 Eat Real Festival, Oakland, CA: Runner up in the Master Case Competition; Demonstrated 6 ways to fabricate whole chickens; Demonstrated how to breakdown a whole hog, head-on.
2013 Guest Chef & Butcher partnering with Chef Christian Page at Cochon 555 Los Angeles, CA.
2013 Planned and executed weekly whole animal roasts on the patio of Short Order featuring California sourced pork, lamb, and beef.
2013Butcher demonstration at Cochon 555 Washington, DC.
2011Finalist in a head to head butcher competition at Cochon 555 Denver.
2010 Guest Lecturer, Fort Lewis College: Lectured on the importance of developing personal relationships in selling.