Chrissy is a spunky Filipino woman who currently serves as Chef at Bar Pastoral, an extension of Chicago’s beloved cheese, specialty food and wine shop, Pastoral. She graduated from Loyola University, Chicago with a degree in biology, and has worked hard to shine throughout her culinary career. When she wasn’t working, Chrissy has staged at acclaimed restaurants such as Bouchon, Alinea, Blackbird, Boka, Avenues, Naha and The Bristol. In 2010, she was featured on the cover of 'Time Out' magazine for her charcuterie plate, and in 2012, Christina was featured on Grubstreet’s “101 of the Most Interesting Desserts.” If she were a food, she says, “I would be a Santol fruit – sometimes sweet, sometimes tart, unusual and a skin that can be thick or thin.”
The Latest from Chrissy
A Shock at the Space Needle
Ep 2: Alums CJ Jacobson, Josie Smith-Malave, and Stefan Richter return to the competition.
A Blast from Canlis Restuarant's Past
Ep 4: The chefs go back in time as they’re tasked with re-creating an original 1950s menu from one of the best restaurants in the country.
Tom vs. Emeril: Turkeypocalypse
Ep 3: Tom Colicchio and Emeril Lagasse take to the kitchen to lead teams in an epic Thanksgiving battle.
Thanksgiving Challenge - The Dishes
Ep 3: It's Team Tom vs. Team Emeril in the quest for a turkey triumph.
Soups and Salads and and Omelets, Oh My! - Rate the Plate
Ep 1: Twenty-one cheftestants get whittled down to 15 by Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Hugh Acheson.
'Top Chef: Seattle' Premiere
Ep 1: 21 chefs compete for the chance to move on to Seattle.
Space Needle Challenge - The Dishes
Ep 2: The chefs cook Seattle's finest for Tom Douglas.