Culinary & Restaurant Management Faculty

Richardson, Chris

Chris Richardson

Chris Richardson

Associate Professor & Program Lead, Restaurant & Culinary Management
970-870-4437 |


  • BSBA, Marketing Minor, Colorado Mountain College
  • BAS, Leadership & Management, Colorado Mountain College
  • AAS, Culinary & Restaurant Management, Colorado Mountain College

Professional Interests

I have a great passion for exploring the worlds of cuisine and culture in all their wondrous forms. Throughout my personal travels and professional career, I have had the pleasure of working in some of the most outstanding operations in San Francisco, London, Austin, Boulder, Dallas, Denver, and Steamboat Springs. Despite shifting from professional kitchen work, I actively seek out opportunities to learn and grow in a brilliant industry whose evolution never yields.

I believe in inspiring and nurturing the next generation of chefs to approach the hospitality industry with a blend of confident curiosity, gracious creativity, technical and theoretical competence, and a deep appreciation for the rich traditions of culinary leadership.

Personal Interests

When away from the kitchen and classroom, I enjoy photography, edible foraging, hunting, Drum & Bass music, snowboarding, and dual sport adventures. I'm also enthralled by the endless nuances and study of classical subjects such as psychology, philosophy, design, political science, and economics.

Lewis, Ari

Ari Lewis at the Aspen Food & Wine event

Ari Lewis

Culinary & Restaurant Management Program Lead, Assistant Professor
970-236-0426 |


BS - Restaurant & Hotel Management, Metropolitan State University of Denver