Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston

Corporate Executive Chef
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If Chris seems unflappable, chalk it up to his experience as chef garde-manager at the Ritz Carlton in Miami’s South Beach during a hurricane season that set records not only for the number of storms, but for their ferocity as well. The experience taught Chris to develop contingency plans, stay poised, and always prepare for the unknown; in other words, it made him the perfect culinary director for your event. 

Just tell Chris what kind of foods rock your taste buds like a hurricane, and he and his team will bring it to life. “Food creates memories,” says Chris, explaining why he likes his work, “and it brings pleasure to others.” 

What brings Chris pleasure when he’s not creating extraordinary menus? Digging clams, harvesting oysters, foraging for mushrooms, gardening, and watching college football.

Meet the DSquared Team

Meg Haggerty

Meg Haggerty

Co-Owner
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Reed Haggerty

Reed Haggerty

chief operating officer
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Darren Nicholas

Darren Nicholas

General Manager of Special Projects
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Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston

Corporate Executive Chef
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Carol Madaio

Carol Madaio

Office Manager
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RYAN SCHILLER

RYAN SCHILLER

general manager, benaroya hall
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Kevin Ledbetter

Kevin Ledbetter

House Manager
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Karna Leinbach

Karna Leinbach

Staffing Coordinator, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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Clive Gomez

Clive Gomez

Executive Chef, tuxedos and tennis shoes
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Ethan Miller

Ethan Miller

executive sous chef at benaroya hall
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Emily Shiller

Emily Shiller

business development and Event Manager, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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Stephanie Lau

Stephanie Lau

Senior Event Manager, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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Kimball Gainor

Kimball Gainor

lead event & venue manager, the hall at fauntleroy & melrose market studios
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Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet

event manager, tuxedos and tennis shoes
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IVY GILLETTE

IVY GILLETTE

operations manager, benaroya hall
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Sara Boop

Sara Boop

event producer, tuxedos and tennis shoes
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Desiree Jones

Desiree Jones

marketing communications specialist
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Nick Weber

Nick Weber

Sous Chef
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Angel Alfonso

Angel Alfonso

sous chef, tuxedos and tennis shoes
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Kevin Kirsch

Kevin Kirsch

Sous Chef at Muse and David & Co
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Brideen Baker

Brideen Baker

Pastry Chef
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Michael Chase

Michael Chase

Production Chef, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
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