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Chris McDade

Biography

Chef Chris McDade is Executive Chef / Owner at Popina – a quintessential neighborhood restaurant in Brooklyn. It’s Italian cuisine with a touch of the American South (think: Pappardelle with Ham Hock, Shishito and Collards or Arancini with Carolina Gold Rice) – a reflection of the Italian food Chef Chris fell in love with while travelling there, while still paying homage to both his first love and his roots: Southern cooking.

Growing up in a Southern household, Chris understood the importance of food from an early age. After concluding that he would never pitch for... READ MORE

Chef Chris McDade is Executive Chef / Owner at Popina – a quintessential neighborhood restaurant in Brooklyn. It’s Italian cuisine with a touch of the American South (think: Pappardelle with Ham Hock, Shishito and Collards or Arancini with Carolina Gold Rice) – a reflection of the Italian food Chef Chris fell in love with while travelling there, while still paying homage to both his first love and his roots: Southern cooking.

Growing up in a Southern household, Chris understood the importance of food from an early age. After concluding that he would never pitch for the Atlanta Braves, he picked up a knife and headed for the kitchen.

He has cooked in some of New York and Atlanta’s best – and most challenging – restaurants, including Union Square Hospitality Groups’ Maialino and Marta, Kevin Rathbuns’ KR Steakbar, and Jonah Millers’ Huertas. The dream of owning his own restaurant has been the singular vision of Chef Chris since he first put on his chef whites, and it is what has motivated him throughout his career.

When he’s not cooking pasta he’s probably eating pizza. He’s rumored to be stubborn at times.

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