Chrysta Poulos didn’t start out like most chefs, who found their way to the top of the line by working the line itself. No, it wasn’t the kitchen sink that drew her to chef whites. Instead, Poulos began her winding career path with service in the U.S. Air Force, working on B1B bombers while her peers were probably perfecting their chopping skills. After retiring from the military, Poulos found herself astride in the civilian world, eventually picking up shifts as a server. Despite its (relative) disparity from military life, Poulos found she enjoyed the lifestyle, and enrolled at the Art Institute of Atlanta.
After receiving her culinary degree, Poulos worked her way through many of the serious kitchens in town, with an emphasis on the pastry and dessert side of the kitchen. As her career developed, Poulos worked as the pastry chef for some of Atlanta’s finest resturants, including Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch, and Holeman & Finch Bread Company. She also helmed the sweet shop at 4th & Swift for two years.
Poulos is now head of the pastry kitchen at Woodfire Grill, where she won her 2012 Rising Star award. A recent addition to the team, Poulos has introduced whole wheat bread and milk rolls to the menu as well as her signature sticky toffee pudding, which won local charity Adoption Discovery’s “People’s Choice” Award in 2011. For her playful menu, Poulos garners inspiration from everything from candy bars and food blogs to her own photography and painting. A long way from the armed services, but the only way for Poulos.