Bringing over a decade of experience, Chris Shea joins the team at The Wayfarer as Executive Chef where he works with the culinary team to execute a menu featuring modern takes on classic American dishes.
Prior to joining the team at The Wayfarer, Chef Shea held the position of Executive Chef at David Burke Kitchen, where he worked to create a whimsical style to uphold the signature playful dishes for which the restaurant is known.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Shea developed an interest in food while making deliveries for the legendary Frank’s Market, in Washington Heights, at age 12. By the time he was 18, Shea found himself butchering meat at the market while staging at nearby Oceana restaurant before attending the Institute of Culinary Education for formal training.
Shea immersed himself in the New York City culinary scene immediately following school, including a stint at the Park Avenue Café where he first met David Burke, the restaurant’s then owner and executive chef. Over the next eight years, Shea became an integral part of Burke’s culinary team, eventually arriving at David Burke Kitchen in 2011.
As the executive chef of David Burke Kitchen, Shea oversaw the staff and developed new menu items that showcased Burke’s combination of inventive presentation and rustic flavor. In 2013, Shea appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters: Season 5 alongside Chef David Burke.