Christian John Graciano
At the age of 27, after working at a distribution center for eight years, Chris Graciano decided to follow his dream of becoming a chef, and attended the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, where he studied under Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, Executive Chef of Butter Restaurant and Food Network Star. After graduating in 2003, he was Sous Chef under Mark Miller at Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville. Besides assisting with seasonal menu planning, Chris enjoyed interacting with patrons while cooking in the open kitchen and wood burning grill in the dining room. In 2005, he began working at Big Fish where in less than a year Chris was promoted to Executive Chef. From there Chris joined the Witherspoon Grill in 2007 and quickly rose through the ranks becoming the Executive Chef in 2008 where he has successfully developed an exciting, delicious menu that appeals to a broad, discerning customer base.
Chris is never one to shy from the opportunity to help and volunteers to teach cooking classes, serves a 125 person charity dinner each year for a local church, and actively participates in the Oyster Bowl as well as the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Harvest Festival at the Witherspoon Grill each fall.