Christopher A. Moore

Executive Chef

Christopher A. Moore is responsible for all food preparation and teaching a talented culinary team to produce the best meals possible.

Moore, who has been at the Convention Center for six years, has an extensive resume of success, including opening a critically acclaimed restaurant, Rocco’s Seafood Grill, in San Francisco. The restaurant received top 10 ratings in three categories – best seafood, best prime rib and best oyster bar – in the same year by the San Francisco Chronicle’s acclaimed food writer, Michael Bauer.

Before joining the center, Moore served as corporate chef with Pappas Restaurants in Houston and as corporate executive chef for Stokely Hospitality Enterprises in Sevierville, Tenn. His extensive culinary background extends to positions as executive chef for Maverick Southern Kitchens, where he developed new menus for the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C.; chef for the acclaimed Fog City Diner in San Francisco; and chef for celebrity chef Cindy Pawlcyn of the Real Restaurant Group based in San Francisco.

Moore was recognized in 2010 by Home Federal Bank of East Tennessee as a “Hometown Hero” in the program’s inaugural year for his community outreach for Abundant Life Kitchen, an outreach of Knox Area Rescue Ministries. The Tennessee Hospitality Association honored him in 2011 as the “Associate of Excellence.” Also in 2011, Moore received a Pauly Award for community service, presented by the Knoxville Tourism Alliance and the University of Tennessee Tourism Institute, to represent the best of Knoxville’s hospitality and tourism industry.

Moore, who is originally from Cocoa Beach, Fla., is active in the community and serves as a volunteer chef instructor for Abundant Life Kitchen; as an associate member of the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council; on the board of directors for the Knoxville chapter of the American Culinary Federation; on the Missions Board for the Sevier County Baptist Association; and as a chef instructor for University of Tennessee Extension courses.

He also is a volunteer cook for CROSS Food Ministries in Seymour, Tenn., and Awana in Knoxville and has cooked and competed annually at the March of Dimes Chef’s Auction fundraiser. Moore helps to prepare the annual Thanksgiving meal for Knox Area Rescue Ministries, works as a volunteer chef instructor at the Tennessee School for the Deaf and cooks for the Women’s Care Center of Sevier County’s fundraiser.


Phone: 865-251-6032
Mobile: 865-661-3965



701 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37902


How long have you lived in Knoxville?

We have lived in the Knoxville area for the past seven years. We live in Seymour, a small, rural community just outside of town.

What is your favorite activity to do in Knoxville?

Along with some great restaurants and fun things to do, we love the fellowship-related activities in the area. Over the past few years we have been able to see many of our favorite music artists who come to our area every year. We also enjoy the speakers and leaders who spend time here at events.

What is your favorite location in Knoxville?

I enjoy the downtown area of Knoxville a great deal. With its new great restaurants and growing farmers’ markets, we have seen how it has become a very interesting place to spend time, meet friends and get something tasty to eat. It’s also a very pleasant area, not very noisy, with a serene little park.

What do you think sets Knoxville apart as a great city to visit?

It is the people. Time and time again, people say to me, “This is the friendliest place I have ever been.” I love that because to be friendly is to be selfless. When we are friendly to people, we say to them that they are valued. To me, people seem to miss that – being valued. I think we are blessed to have such a diverse community of servant leadership, volunteerism and true Southern hospitality.

What is your favorite part about working at the Knoxville Convention Center?

Many, many friendships I cherish have come due to this place. Here, I am able to help prepare food for our area’s best, most civic-minded community service organizations anywhere. Here, our efforts are multiplied manifold to countless thousands who do great work for others. What a blessing! I do love my job!