Executive Chef Chris Lenza
Chris Lenza, executive chef of Café Allegro at the Musical Instrument Museum, discovered his love of food at a very young age. A native of the suburbs of Philadelphia, with one grandfather a farmer and another a chef, Lenza learned that it is just as important to know where food comes from and how it is grown as it is to be able to creatively and artistically present beautiful dishes. Growing up around farms and restaurants led Lenza to New York City, where he graduated from the French Culinary Institute in 2004. His education, apprenticeship in Italy working on organic farms and in fine-dining restaurants, and experience in high-profile kitchens in New Orleans, Philadelphia, and New York fueled Lenza’s talent for adaptable, original, sustainable, and high-end culinary execution.
In search of a new challenge, Lenza found himself in Phoenix where he worked at Kai, Arizona’s only Five-Star, Five-Diamond restaurant. Today, as the executive chef at Café Allegro, Lenza finds inspiration working with local farmers to create cuisine that is alive in color, flavor, and nutrients. His highly creative, globally focused menus highlight Arizona’s local farmers and products in such a way as to ensure each product’s integrity and accessibility. Lenza is also a first-tier sommelier who can assist in expertly pairing wines with any catered menu.
Beyond the kitchen, Lenza’s interests include family time with his beautiful wife, son, and daughter, foraging for the next great local food story, tending his own garden, and helping local farmers plant their crops. Experience Chef Chris’s creations at Café Allegro, located in the Musical Instrument Museum.
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