Our Team

Jeff 

Executive Chef/General Manager

Chef Jeff Christiansen discovered his love of food after graduating from Iowa State University and moving to the beautiful, food-rich city of Chicago. After spending 12 years in the advertising industry, Jeff opted for a career change and enrolled in the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. Jeff’s first job in the hospitality industry was at the W Hotel in Chicago’s famed downtown loop. That was followed by a position at TRU Restaurant, a world-renowned restaurant offering progressive French cuisine. After moving to Austin, Jeff worked at the Lake Austin Spa Resort and eventually landed at Hudson’s on the Bend in Lakeway as Sous Chef before joining Chateau Bellevue as Executive Chef in 2010. His food philosophy is simple food, freshly prepared.

 

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Amber Pipa

Director of Sales and Events

A California Native, Amber moved to Austin a year ago and is loving her time in TX. Amber graduated from University of California San Diego with a BA in SocioCultural Anthropology and a minor in Photography. She has over 5 years of non profit event planning, administrative, and marketing experience and is thrilled to be entering the wedding planning and venue coordination sector. With experience in historic preservation and archaeology, Amber is excited to combine her love of history with her passion for event planning. When not at work you can find her running the trails along Lady Bird Lake, enjoying a movie at Alamo Draft House, or hanging out with her dog, Hector!

 

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Caitlin smith

Office Manager

Caitlin was born in a small Texas town and found her way to Austin in 2009. She graduated from Texas State University in 2014 with a degree in Anthropology. When she isn’t at work, she can probably be found somewhere in the great outdoors, trying new recipes in the kitchen, curled up with a good book, discovering new films, or spending time with friends and family. A lover of all things historic, she already feels right at home at Chateau Bellevue despite being the newest member of the team.