Pastry Chef/Owner, Butter Love & Hard Work
Originally inspired by his grandmother, Chris Ford grew up baking bread and testing recipes in Orlando, Florida. While enrolled in the local Le Cordon Bleu, he fell hard for dessert and how it allowed him to explore his creativity without boundaries. Getting his start in 2011 at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, Ford opened Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina. His specialty was “elegant nostalgia,” which combined traditional flavor profiles with innovative techniques.
After two years, Ford departed for Bouchon Beverly Hills where he worked with Thomas Keller, achieving both a professional and personal goal. One year later, he became the pastry chef for Bryan Voltaggio, a runner-up on Top Chef with nine restaurants in and around the nation’s capital. Ford later rejoined the Four Seasons team as the executive pastry chef at the Beverly Wilshire, where he successfully oversaw THE Blvd, the Pool Bar & Café, in-room dining, banquets, and special amenities for the hotel.