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Born into a Southern Italian family of chefs, Chef Chris Arnold’s passion for all things culinary-related was inevitable. He began his journey at the young age of 16, working as a food runner for Maggiano’s Little Italy in Nashville, TN. He quickly advanced into the kitchen where he was eager to learn more about different culinary styles. He further developed his skills at some of Nashville’s original restaurants including The Trace Restaurants and Firefly Grill.
Chris’ hard work paid off and he was asked to join Nashville’s F. Scott’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar as a Sous Chef under Chef Kevin Ramquist. Here he was able to hone his craft and found a deep appreciation for sourcing locally grown products for his dishes.
With a Nashville/southern-inspired culinary style in hand, Chris landed a position as Executive Chef at Lakeside Restaurant in Highlands, NC. In early 2017, he and his wife, Shelley, who is a Level 3 sommelier, decided they wanted to make a move to Greenville, SC. He joined Soby’s New South Cuisine as Chef de Cuisine and has been putting his personal stamp on the menu ever since. Chris continues to draw his inspiration from regionally sourced ingredients for Soby’s dishes and works to strengthen relationships with local farmers and purveyors in order to create flavors people love.
When Chris is not in the Soby’s kitchen, he enjoys spending time with his wife and mastering new techniques such as meat curing and woodworking.