Christine Brown

“I’ve wanted to open my own restaurant since high school, and it was just natural to be in the South Bay as I grew up here and love my community,” said Christine Brown, whose Restaurant Christine has served hungry local patrons for more than a decade.

“I’ve wanted to open my own restaurant since high school, and it was just natural to be in the South Bay as I grew up here and love my community,” said Christine Brown, whose Restaurant Christine has served hungry local patrons for more than a decade.

Christine, who grew up in Palos Verdes, worked as a pastry chef at the Grand House restaurant in San Pedro before heading to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Upon her return, she did a stint at Campanile before helping open popular Torrance restaurant The Depot with chef Michael Shafer. Restaurant Christine’s Tuscan, Provencal and Pacific Rim dishes have earned her “Top Restaurant in the South Bay” by Zagat Survey six times.

“I love cooking for my customers because that is an extension of me,” she shared. “When they come in to dine at the restaurant I hope they feel like they are eating at my home. My customers are adventurous diners and that keeps me excited to create new foods for them to try.”

Of her dining preferences close to home, Christine said she prefers to eat ethnic locally. “Ortega 120 has great Mexican food and W’s China Bistro has the best wonton soup.”

In July, Christine will participate in her 6th year at Celebrate Chefs, the annual fundraiser for the Palos Verdes Art Center, where South Bay chefs cook gourmet dinners at private residences over three starry evenings. “This is very dear to me because I grew up taking art classes at the PVAC. There is not enough art in classrooms, and they offer fabulous classes for all ages,” she said. “I will have a menu early next week, but I can tell you the theme is Alice in Wonderland, and, no, I will not be serving white rabbit!”

 

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