Christian Irabien is the executive chef at Amparo Fondita in Washington DC. He was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, which inspires his cooking. Irabien was the executive chef at Calavera in Oakland, CA. Prior to that, he spent five years cooking with Jose Andres and Cathal Armstrong, where he discovered his love of fine dining and combined it with the traditional flavors he grew up with. He is a passionate supporter of domestic and international causes focused on aiding Latin American immigrants suffering hardships.