Chef/Owner The Garrison, Chef/Owner Thoroughfare, Chef/Owner Dandelion Catering Co.
Food Network 'Chopped' Champion, Author


A 7th generation Mainer.

A washed up rock and roll frontman turned chef.

A father and husband.

Owner / Chef of The Garrison restaurant, Thoroughfare, and Dandelion Catering.

Food Network Chopped Champion.




Coming soon.



Set to open in 2021 in the landmark Andy's Handy Store, a local mainstay since 1935.

As the COVID pandemic rocked and dismantled the restaurant industry, out of the ruins rose ThoroughFare - Christian Hayes' answer to the devastation resulting from having to put The Garrison on hold. A complete 180 degree flip - ThoroughFare brings comfort in the form of indulgent, fast-food style fare.


An intimate restaurant and bar with its own garden sitting on the rushing Royal River in Yarmouth, Maine. Hayes and his team serve his brand of 'thoughtful' food inspired by Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.


Dandelion Catering Co. was launched in 2008 by wife and businesses partner, Christine Hayes. Together, they built one of the most respected catering operations in the region. 

Dandelion Market offers weekly orders of prepared meals, meal kits, fresh farm produce and meats, wine, beer, house cocktails, imported pantry items, and more. 



PPH : At The Garrison, ‘thoughtful’ food you won’t soon forget


Dine In Maine: Grab and go, then grab and grill from Garrison spin-offs

July 2020  READ STORY

Maine Magazine - Chef Christian Hayes

July 2019 READ STORY

Father, daughter to deliver Thanksgiving meals to Maine families in need


NPR: Giving Thanks w/ Chef Christian Hayes

March 22, 2018  READ STORY

‘Chopped’-winning chef opens new restaurant in Yarmouth

July 29, 2019  READ STORY

The 11 Hottest Restaurants in Maine Right Now

July 31, 2019  READ STORY

Maine chef was eating humble pie long before 'Chopped' victory

March 22, 2018  READ STORY

Yarmouth chef can thank the canned pig brains for his win on ‘Chopped’

March 20, 2018  READ STORY

‘Pork on the Brain’ pays off for Yarmouth chef

March 27, 2018   READ STORY

Yarmouth company offers Thanksgiving feast in essay contest

November 23, 2016  READ STORY

Chef Christian Hayes on the 'Spose Podcast'

March 27, 2018  READ STORY

When picking their wedding colors, some brides choose green for catering

Feb. 14, 2016   READ STORY



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