Chef Chris Crary
Chef Chris Crary
Chris Crary rose to fame in 2011 on Bravo’s Top Chef: Texas where he sailed into the top ten and was ultimately voted “Fan Favorite.” His looks prompted his fellow contestants to nickname him “Malibu” – a moniker that Crary, who had only recently lost 70 lbs, found surprising.
While appearing on Top Chef, Crary was Chef de Cuisine at the upscale Whist restaurant in the Viceroy Hotel. Shortly after, he became Executive Chef and partner at the Santa Monica members-only club 41 Ocean. In 2014 he was tapped by successful hospitality company sbe to be Executive Chef of their newest restaurant, Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails. The venue became a Hollywood hotspot and celebrity haunt and Crary was quickly promoted, adding head of sbe Events & Catering to his title and over-seeing all of the company’s Los Angeles nightlife venues.
In only two short years at Hyde, Crary’s menus have lured dozens of new high profile clients and events including the Teen Choice Awards, the Republic Records & Nielsen Grammy Parties, Women in Film, Spike Guy’s Choice Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Art of Elysium, Beats by Dre, NBC’s The Voice, and Sony and Warner Music. He has also enjoyed cooking intimate dinners and catering private parties for a growing number of celebrities.
Crary began cooking at the age of twelve and went on to graduate from acclaimed Johnson and Wales University. He got his first Executive Chef position at only twenty-seven. In 2012 Gayot.com named Crary one of Top Five Rising Star Chefs in the U.S. In addition to Top Chef, Crary has also appeared on The Fab Life, Man VS Child, KTLA, and Watch What Happens Live, to name a few. He has also been profiled by People magazine, Haute Life Magazine, USA Today and more. Although much of his food draws inspiration from Italy and Asia, he is still heavily influenced by his Southern Grandmother; his last meal would be Biscuits & Gravy.
Chris “Malibu” Crary is Executive Chef at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Santa Monica, famous for his Top Chef accomplishments and once named one of Top Five Rising Star Chef in the US, draws his inspiration from Italy and Asia, and is still heavily influenced by his Southern grandmother; his last meal would be Biscuits & Gravy.Visit Website