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Chris Gawronski


Growing up with a father as a master chef, Christopher came to understand from a young age the challenges and triumphs of a life in the kitchen. Learning and traveling the world with his father shaped his ideals on what remarkable food should be. From his early years, his father taught him to pay homage to the classic ideals of haute cuisine while creating, and is it these ideals that Chef Chris carries into the kitchen at Henri. 

Christopher began his career in Columbus, OH, and over the past decade has worked in Los Angeles at several acclaimed and Michelin-starred restaurants. He has cooked alongside many talented chefs – some of whom include Quinn Hatfield of Hatfield’s in Los Angeles, David Meyers of Sona and Brian Polcyn of Forest Grille –who have shaped his palate and mind, translating into his imaginative work today. Chef Chris has been a part of Henri’s culinary team since 2011. As Executive Chef, he is dedicated to focusing on the foundations of excellent cuisine – showing appreciation for the fundamentals of modern French cooking. His menus at Henri feature classic, deep flavors, yet with modern nuances and plating. He is committed to a fine dining experience that is both playful and approachable.

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