Chef Chris Bellino subscribes to the classic culinary theory of using superior products to create the best possible dishes. His style is a mix of influences ranging from Mediterranean to Classic American.
Chef Chris discovered his passion for food at the age of 14, working in local restaurants and developing his skills. He attended the commercial foods program at the Atlantic County Vo-Tech School. Upon completion of this program, he enrolled in the accredited Baltimore International Culinary College in Maryland, where he graduated at the top of his class.
Upon graduation, Chris added to his culinary skills in Ireland. Returning to Atlantic County, Chris was offered a position at the Tropicana Casino and Hotel under Chef Joe Laporte. Chef Bellino worked at Tropicana for 11 years where he rose through the ranks to the level of Restaurant Chef and was then offered the Executive Chef position at The Vienna Inn in Galloway. During his stay at the Vienna Inn, Chris received numerous accolades and excellent reviews. In October of 2008, Chef Chris joined the Smithville Inn family. Chef Bellino also credits his success to the support of his wife Suzanne, a Culinary institute of America graduate and an excellent pastry chef as well as their two children, Lyla and Liam, for allowing him to grow and prosper in the ever changing culinary world.