Chris is a confident speaker and presenter and is the past Chairperson of Farmers' Markets New Zealand and the Marlborough Community Gardens.
He has run extensive workshops and training programs nationwide for organisers, conferences, business's, hospitality events, public speaking, cooking demonstrations and product launches
One of the hardest positions that I have held over the years is that of full time father and husband to my wife Tina and two children, Kacey Lewis Fortune and Holly Nancy Fortune.
Since winning NZ HELL’S KITCHEN in May 2003 I have received many opportunities through my involvement in localized food production groups to economic development centre’s focused around community development. Having always kept myself busy working and running restaurants for the last 18 years, I am now enjoying helping raise our young 12 year old son and 7 year old daughter. This would have to be one of the hardest positions that I have ever held, that of full time father and husband to my wife. Just like HELL’S KITCHEN I relish the challenge and am finding the experience a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Never to be far from the hotspots I have recently spent fives years working as a Executive Chef at the 4 Star plus Scenic Hotel Marlborough & Marlborough Convention Centre www.marlboroughconventions.co.nz. I look forward to my next challenge….what ever it may be……
COOKING CAREER SUMMARY
2012 to 2015 - Project manager for Kids Can Cook Kitchen, Teens Can Cook Kitchen and Supa Foods
2007/08/09/10/11/12 - Scenic Hotel Marlborough and Marlborough Convention Centre – Exec Chef
2001 to 2012 - Marlborough Famrers Market Contract Chef
2004 to 2015 - Pacific Eagle Super Yacht – Pacific and NZ – Contract Chef
2004/05 - CK’s Marlborough Catering and Cuisine at Le Brun Restaurant – Owner operator
2003 - Hells Kitchen – Auckland – TV2 – Essential productions - Winner
2002 Chequers Café and Wine Bar – Marlborough – 1 year - Head Chef
2000 - Hotel Durville – Marlborough – 2 years – Head Chef