Christine Chung, chef and co-owner of CC’s Cafe, moved from the beautiful island nation of Jamaica to the United States at age eight. She grew up in New Jersey and studied History at Rutgers College. ...Following undergraduate studies, Christine worked in sales and marketing for Hearst Corporation and was also a freelance fashion stylist - but she always gravitated towards cooking. She worked at the Cupping Room Café as a manager, chef apprentice, bartender and waiter while simultaneously studying the basics of French cooking at French Culinary Institute in Soho. After her stint at FCI, she furthered her culinary knowledge by embarking on an AOS degree at the top cooking school in the county, Culinary Institute of America. Months after graduating she partnered with Tomas Zavala to open CC’s Café. Over the past seven years, they have built a strong neighborhood following in the West Village. This newest venture of CC’s Café in Chinatown brings her diverse experience to a full service restaurant. Here, she can stretch her culinary chops in a more innovative take of New American cuisine that combines her varied ethnic background with her strong French cooking skills.
Tomas Zavala, chef, baker and entrepreneur hails from Honduras, a small country in Central America. At age 18 he came to the United States to attend Queens College but the draw of the kitchen proved stronger than the lure of Accounting 101. His work-study internship at The Plaza Hotel, the world premier dining destination in the 1980's, convinced him to scrap the Economics books and reach for his whisk full-time. He’s been working his way up ever since, from pastry assistant to executive chef at a well-known Soho institution, the Cupping Room Café. In the early 2000, he left the Cupping Room Cafe to pursue his dream of restaurant ownership at a 300 square foot, hole-in-the-wall, 5 table lunch spot in the West Village called CC’s Café. Here, he has been lovingly embraced by residents and visitors alike. His intention was to make everything from scratch – the lowly sandwich was elevated with his fresh baked breads, roasted meats, handmade mozzarella cheese, herb infused mayonnaises, and delicious dressings and chutneys. The recently opened second location of CC’s Café in Chinatown follows in the same vein, with an expanded menu serving breakfast, lunch and an ever-changing dinner menu. The new American cuisine spot brings high quality fare to this wonderful, vibrant, under-served working class neighborhood under the Manhattan bridge.