Born in Paris, France and classically trained Executive Chef Christian A. Monchatre, is a veteran of the culinary arts, dedicating his life to the industry. Rooted in traditional French and Italian techniques, Christian's cuisine reflects a mosaic of influences culminating from extensive training in France, Italy, as well as all of the Americas.
Christian began his culinary career at a young age in the center of France with his father at the family restaurant in the Loire Valley, where he spent several years apprenticing with his brother Bruno, a butcher-charcutier in Le Mans. When called to serve under the Arms, Christian was transferred to Baden-Baden, Germany, where he served meals to commanding officers and government officials. Due to his passion for other societies, people and history, Christian decided to expand his culinary knowledge. He moved to Italy and apprenticed at world renowned properties such as the Antica Tratoria dello Sperone, over-viewing the famous horse track of Milan, and also at Villa D' Este on Lake Como as well at the world-famous Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence.
Traveling the world, Christian at last found himself in the United States as Chef de Cuisine and later Executive Chef of the Five Star award-winning restaurant La Bruschetta, in Los Angeles, California. In his three years at La Bruschetta, he received several restaurant and individual culinary awards. He later opened his own restaurant, The Gypsy Grill, in Encino, California, where he received many exhilarated reviews.
From 1998 until 2008 as the Jonathan Club's Executive Chef, one of the nation's leading and most prestigious private clubs located in Los Angeles, California, Christian was constantly working on the concept of fine dining on a grand scale. His careful blend of time-honored techniques mixed with fresh vibrant products has won many acclaims.
In 2008, Christian became the Executive Chef for the El Dorado Royale in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on the Mayan Riviera. Christian was instrumental in developing new menus for the Gourmet Inclusive, high-end spa resort, consisting of eight restaurants when he arrived, ranging from Mayan to Japanese cuisine. He successfully opened the ninth restaurant on the 2.5 mile-long spa resort property, a restaurant focusing on southern-Italian cuisine.
Christian returned to California in late 2009 where he accepted the Executive Chef position for one of San Francisco's oldest, most prestigious, private social clubs, The Pacific Union Club, located on Nob Hill.
In 2011 Christian was offered an opportunity to return to Southern California where his family lives and accepted the Executive Chef position at the Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage.
In 2014, Christian established Cuisine Consulting Solutions to assist in developing and improving all culinary and F&B strategies in any aspect for new and existing companies, bringing not only years of experience, but fresh and new concept ideas to develop businesses.
Christian has cooked for many notable people, including United States Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, Reverend Billy Graham, first Secretary George Shultz, and more. He was invited to prepare the cuisine for Pierre Cardin's 50-year Retrospective of Fashion and received Chef of the Year 2003 by the Club Culinaire. He has also participated in various fundraisers including March of Dimes, Breast Cancer Foundation, and most recently the Oscar Night Party for Children's Uniting Nation.
Now 47, Christian is a member of the Club's Chefs Institute, Professional Chefs Association and was the President of the Club Culinaire of French Cuisine, California Chapter, for three years.
Christian was inducted to the Acadamie Culinaire de France and knighted to the rank of Chevalier of Merit by the French Government in 2005.
With a traditional French training, comes a fabulous European openness to accept ideas, input, ingredients, tastes and a "never to smart to learn" attitude. When I first worked with Chef Christian, I was really intimidated, as a Foodie, but he quickly out me at my ease at the events we catered in Las Vegas (Oscars, Gold Record Awards etc) and the collaboration was one I cherish to this day. I cannot wait to work with him again as a master Chef, event personality and someone who simply shines,smiles, chops, creates and delivers.
I have worked with Chef Christian Monchâtre during his tenure at the El Dorado Royale a Spa Resort by Karisma. Chef Christian excelled in this role and maintained the company’s high standards of quality and creativity. He possesses the ultimate "can do" attitude while managing his team with a positive energy and a smile. His upbeat personality and engaging personal style enables him to interact effectively with guests and staff.
I volunteered to write this recommendation for Christian Monchâtre because I am very grateful for his contributions to our hotel and very confident that he has the intelligence, work ethic and communications skills to be a tremendous asset wherever he works.
I knew Christian when he was Executive Chief at the Jonathan Club in Los Angelus. Christian did an outstanding job. As a member I enjoy the outstanding cuisine that Christian provided to the dining rooms and to numerous catering and special events. The club's kitchen ran like a fine swiss watch under Christians leadership.