Belmont, NY - Christopher Charles Presutti passed away September 30, 2009, at the age of 49. He was born in Hornell, NY, on August 16, 1960. Christopher attended schools in Belmont and Hornell, NY, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies at Bradford College, Bradford, Massachusetts in 1981. At Harvard University he continued graduate studies in International Relations, and also worked on various political campaigns of the day, including those of presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and the late Senator Ted Kennedy, for whom he participated as a speech-writer.
Christopher then pursued his second passion, international cuisine, at Cambridge Culinary Academy. After earning a reputation as a promising young chef in Boston and Washington DC, he proceeded to practice in commercial and private settings in the US, Europe and the Mideast. An Executive Chef opportunity in Moscow, Russia would be Christopher’s first foray into the intercontinental lifestyle he was to pursue. Later, in St Petersburg, Russia he held Executive Chef positions at two of the most fashionable establishments of that city. Most recently he served clients residing in New York, Saudi, Arabia, Paris, and Monaco.
Christopher never stopped learning. He was an avid reader, and the nearest library was always his best friend. His creativity and talents touched many; his humor and larger-than-life persona will be missed by friends and colleagues both at home and abroad.
Christopher is pre-deceased by his father, Charles V. Presutti and brother, Matthew. He is survived by his mother, Linda B. (Presutti) Foreman of Jacksonville, Fl, brother Kevin, Belmont, NY, sister Melanie, Rochester, NY, grandmother Marie Adams, Jacksonville, FL, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial has been offered by the Reverend Jerome Dissek at Holy Family Catholic Church, Belmont, NY, followed by interment at St Mary’s Cemetery, Belmont, NY. The family appreciates the prayers of family and friends.