Central Kitchen + Bar executive chef Christina Stanco graduated from Johnson & Whales University in Denver, Colorado with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Service Management. Over the course of her blossoming career, she has worked at places including Destination Hotels and Resorts and the Ritz Carlton Denver. Stanco has also worked with several nationally-acclaimed Denver chefs in independently-owned, chef-run restaurants. Upon returning to Michigan, she accepted a position with Luxe Bar & Grill, a noted metro Detroit restaurant. Within a year, she was promoted to executive chef. Shortly after that, when the restaurant’s ownership began exploring locations beyond its Birmingham base, she played an integral role in the opening of a successful second venue in Grosse Pointe. Once the outpost opened, she maintained executive chef responsibilities for both locations, helping to grow the menu and audience for more than three years. Following her success at Luxe, she was hired to be part of the kitchen team that opened the Roberts Restaurant Group’s Café ML in Bloomfield Township.