The Meeting House
Chris Johnson’s career began at Steve and Rocky’s in Novi where he spent nearly five years working under Chef / Owner Steve Allen. Next, Chris traveled to Europe and Northern Africa, where he broadened his knowledge of both food and culture. Upon returning to Michigan, Chris went to work at Latitude in Bay Harbor under Chef Richard Travis. He then decided to move back to the Metro area and joined the staff of the Beverly Hills Grill. He worked for the Roberts Restaurant Group for 10 years where he was the Executive chef of both The Beverly Hills Grill and Roadside B and G. Both restaurants are perennial hot spots owned by popular Michigan restaurateur Bill Roberts. In 2012 Chef Chris decided to open a restaurant in his home town of Rochester Michigan. Along with friend and fellow Roberts Restaurant Alum, Jason Mood, they opened The Meeting House in December 2012.
The Meeting House was designed to be the quintessential neighborhood restaurant. An upscale yet casual restaurant focusing on seasonal and soulful cooking paired with warm hospitality in a comfortable environment. The Meeting House is open Tuesday Through Sunday serving dinner all week and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. After six years of doing business The Meeting House is going strong. Continually developing a following of loyal guests and working towards creating a culture that promotes creativity, personal expression, professionalism and an overall passion for food and hospitality.
Chef Chris and his partners are now in the beginning stages of executing a new restaurant concept in Greektown Detroit slated to open the Spring of 2019.
Chef Chris attended the Oakland Community College Culinary Program. He has won numerous awards and medals through the American Culinary Federation, including, the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Junior Chef of the Year in 2001 and State and Regional Chef of the Year in 2016. Chris lost the national title by a narrow margin in Orlando Florida in 2017. Chris lives in Rochester Hills with his wife Andi and four children.
Chef Chris is a board member of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority and is an active member of the Rochester community. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, seeing live music, hunting and spending time in the outdoors, working on vintage Volkswagens, hanging out with his family and watching any kind of sports.