Chef Cristina Bowerman, the only female chef with 1 Michelin star in Rome, was born in Cerignola a small town in Puglia, Italy. After starting her career in Law, she decided to move to San Francisco to continue his law studies. While there, in order to learn “American like an American” she worked in a number of different positions and her first contact to the kitchen happened at a place called started Higher Grounds, a renown coffee house in SF.
Then she started to work for a company called Spectrum Foods which owned 16 high end restaurants almost all Italian. She moved to Southern California where she lived for a while and then to the city she loves, Austin TX. It is really in Austin that she finally discovered her love for cooking and decided to become a professional. She did in fact enrolled and graduated with the maximum score at TXCA obtaining a liberal art degree.
Her first experience with the high-end cuisine is under the Chef David Bull, James Beard award and well-renown chef. Then she decided she needed to create her own style and make it as personal as possible. That is why she moved to Rome. She wanted to know more about her roots but her idea was to go back, after experiencing the Convivio Troiani a Michelin star restaurant in Rome, and open her own restaurant in Austin.
In the short period of time she was in Rome, she got offered many opportunities and Glass Hostaria in Trastevere was the one she felt in love with. Glass had opened just a little less a year before.