Chris Olpp has been professionally cooking for approximately 10 years. He believes that food is an experience, and enjoys creating that experience for our customers. Chris left his home in North Eastern PA upon graduating high school. He immediately began a career in photography, which was his first love. As the years passed, Chris began to explore a different creative outlet, one that involved cooking. He thoroughly enjoyed recreational cooking, and eating, and began to nourish this love as he entered the restaurant industry. Working in numerous venues, wearing many hats, Chris has built a vast knowledge of food, ingredients, and techniques. Most recently, Chris was a line cook and garde manger at Sienna Mercato Mezzo. Upon moving to Strip District Meats full time, he has developed weekly chef specialty items, and become the Exotic Meats Specialist. Chris prepares each specialty item by hand in our kitchen, plans weekly menus, and creates recipes for Specialty and Exotic items. On the weekends, you can find Chris tending to the Exotic Meats and interacting with the customers. He is passionate about food and the community it develops, and loves to help customers ehance their food experience. When Chris is not at Strip District Meats, chances are he will still be cooking or eating, as that is his passion. He loves to try new restaurants, and Pittsburgh has plenty of them! Photography remains a prominent hobby, as well as hiking, reading, existential philosophy, and watching hockey!
Are you thinking of trying one of our exotic or specialty meats, and have never prepared such an item? Looking for tips or tricks on how to prepare, serve, or cook a particular meat? Just ask our Chef! Enter a question specific to preparing, serving, or cooking any meats sold at Strip District Meats, and Chris will share tips to ensure your meal is a satisfying adventure. General questions related to the Strip District Meats can be answered on the home page by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org