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Chris Humphrey Joins CHG as Chef de Cuisine at Brasserie Saison

Chris Humphrey Joins CHG as Chef de Cuisine at Brasserie Saison

Champion Hospitality Group is excited to introduce Chef Chris Humphrey as the new chef de cuisine at Brasserie Saison. With Chris comes not just a wealth of culinary knowledge but also of the

Chef Chris Humphrey, photo by Sera Petras

Charlottesville community. Chef Chris was born and raised in Charlottesville and has been a mainstay of the restaurant community since the 1990s, working at Bizou, and Maya, among others. Chris was sous chef at Metropolitain, a very popular restaurant of that era, and once led the kitchen at Rapture. Most recently, Chris was chef and owner of Fellini’s, which closed in 2020.

Chris is excited to bring his talents to the Brasserie tables and to continue cooking the type of refined brasserie fare for which Brasserie Saison has been known for since it opened in 2017.

Favorite Dishes

A favorite dish of his on the Brasserie menu is the duck confit cassoulet with foie gras sausage. Other classic French-inspired dishes on the menu include homemade pâté de Campagne and moules-frites. For dessert, his top pick is the seasonal crème brûlée; lavender in the summer, maple in the fall, and orange honey in the winter. Spring 2022’s flavor has yet to be revealed.

Chris said, “I think we have a unique opportunity to present the classics alongside modern dishes at Brasserie. It’s an important balance, to be rooted in tradition while not being tied down by it.”

When Chris isn’t in the kitchen on Charlottesville’s downtown mall, he’s hanging out at home with his “two super cool dogs, George and June.”

Brasserie Saison dessert, photo by Sera Petras


Plan a Visit

Brasserie Saison has 45 seats inside and weather permitting, 30 on the patio and is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Visit https://www.brasseriesaison.com/ to make a reservation or to place an order for takeout.


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