Rising Star Chef Chris Fischer of The Beach Plum - Biography

Menemsha, MA

March 2014

Family dinner started promptly at 6:30pm when Chris Fischer was growing up on Martha’s Vineyard. Fishing and hunting were also a part of family culture. Fischer would eventually leave New England to pursue cooking, a sojourn that saw him abandon culinary school for Mario Batali’s Babbo; Alice Waters’s Rome Sustainable Food Project; and London’s River Café and St. John Bread and Wine.

Upon returning to the Vineyard (and to 12 generations of family legacy), he cooked privately, gained confidence, threw greenhouse dinners, and came up with a vision for his food and future. Fischer leapt at the opportunity to join the Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant as executive chef and earned a 2014 StarChefs.com Coastal New England Rising Stars Award. He believes local ingredients shouldn’t give chefs a free pass, and complicated dishes can be a symptom of insecurity. His menu, written daily at 3pm, is a reflection of the island’s bounty, gathered conscientiously and composed gracefully. Beyond his kitchen, Fischer is also continuing the family farming tradition, working with Beetelbung Farm in Chilmark