Christopher Prosperi

Chef/Co-owner of Metro Bis

Christopher Prosperi is chef and co-owner of Metro Bis restaurant in the affluent Hartford suburb of Simsbury, Connecticut which is ranked in the top five restaurants in the state for American food according to the Zagat Survey. The New York Times also declared that "Metro Bis is worth a detour." Chef Magazine has nominated Chris as one of five national finalists for the Chef of the Year Award. Chris is a weekly recipe columnist for the Hartford Courant and his work regularly appears across the country via the Tribune wire service.

He travels extensively each year teaching cooking classes and composing multi-course dinners which promote his easy and innovative form of American bistro cooking at venues including the Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Disney World (Orlando, FL), The Chef's Holidays at Yosemite (Yosemite, CA), Justin Vineyards Guest Chef Series (Paso Robles, CA), The Nantucket Wine Festival (Nantucket, MA), The Book & The Cook (Philadelphia, PA), and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival (Scottsdale, AZ) to name a few.

Chris is a regular weekly guest on the local NBC affiliate and has also appeared throughout the country on radio and television programs such as WNBC "Today in New York", "The Food & Wine Radio Network with Jennifer English", "Cook's Table with Jim Coleman", and "Channel 12 News." Chris is also regular guest on "The Faith Middleton Show: The Food Schmooze" on WNPR - Connecticut Public Radio. He conducts regular cooking classes at Sur La Table in addition to teaching quarterly at Delia: The Viking Home Kitchen Showcase and The Silo Cooking School. Chris' recipes have been included in "Wife of the Chef: The True Story of a Restaurant and Romance" (Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2003) by Courtney Febbroriello, "Food Lover's Guide to Connecticut" (Globe Pequot Press, 2003) by Patricia Brooks and Lester Brooks, "The Tomato Festival Cookbook" (Storey Books, 2004) by Lawrence Davis-Hollander, "Diabetes Cookbook for Dummies, 2nd Edition" (Wiley, 2005) by Alan L. Rubin, "For The Love of Food: Recipes and Stories From The Chefs of the IACP" (FRP, 2005), and "Best American Recipes 2005-2006" (Houghton Mifflin, 2005) edited by Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens.

Chris is a member of the Society de Philanthropic, the Association of Food Journalists, La Chaine des Rotisseurs, the James Beard Foundation (where he has cooked several dinners), and the International Association of Culinary Professionals where he serves on the committee for cookbook award judging. He graduated second in his class at the Culinary Institute of America and has an expanding product line under the "Prosperi" label that currently includes three salad dressings. Chris' passion for food is evident as "the holy joy of creation literally lights up his face as he works the stove."






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