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Chris Carter

CEO & Cofounder of Porter Road

Chris Carter, a Nashville native who was born and raised in Hendersonville, made his entry into the restaurant industry when he was in high school working as a busboy. After graduating from Hendersonville High, he attended the University of Memphis where he graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management.

Throughout college, Chris did promotions for a local radio station while also working in restaurants as a bartender and server before leaving Memphis in pursuit of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona. While studying the culinary arts, Chris elected to continue his undergraduate education, majoring in Culinary Management.

During school he took his first kitchen job as the sous chef at Dragon Fly Café, but switched gears a year and a half later, working in both Atlas Bistro and Twisted Eatery, further opening his eyes to the culinary arts.

It was after culinary school however, working at Flemings Steakhouse, where Chris really mastered the art of grilling meats and came to understand and appreciate high quality meat. In 2009, he moved back to Nashville and took a job at the Capital Grille where he met James and jump-started their business partnership. While not driving all over the region to pick up animals, processing and cutting meat in Princeton, KY or serving customers in the East Nashville shop, Chris enjoys going to a good concert, drinking several cold beers while fishing, roaming the aisles of Bass Pro Shop at Opry Mills and occasionally finds his center in a sweaty hot yoga class—you ought to see this guy’s headstand!

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