Earning a Michelin star in 2010 and named Chef Ambassador to the 2015 World Expo, Cristina is one of the fastest rising chefs in the world. She is known for the perfect balance between everyday Italian culinary tradition and new world innovation, overcoming geographical and cultural boundaries and creating flavor profiles of dishes based on cross-cultural fusion, recognizable tastes and original ingredients. Born in Puglia in the south of Italy, Chef Cristina is not the typical Italian woman, nor the typical Italian chef. Instead of adhering to traditional Italian dishes, she found it much more interesting to innovate her native cuisine using outside influences.
A visit to the United States sparked this desire. After studying foreign languages and then graduating with a law degree, she moved to San Francisco, where she worked at Higher Grounds coffee shop. The multitude of ethnicities in the city—and their flavorful cuisines—all served to inspire her to pursue a culinary career. But the lure of home drew Bowerman back to Italy, where she opened Glass Hostaria in Rome. Her innovative take on regional Italian fare garnered her two forks from the Gambero Rosso guide and a Michelin star.