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January 10, 2014 09:00 ET

Chanticleer Holdings Appoints Mark Allison as SVP Culinary and Kitchen Operations

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwired - January 10, 2014) - Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTR) (Chanticleer Holdings, or the "Company"), headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, announced today that the Company has appointed Mark Allison, international chef and educator, as SVP Culinary and Kitchen. Allison has worked around the world in culinary arts for 34 years.

Mark Allison, a native to England, moved to the U.S. in 2004 from West Glamorgan, Wales, UK, where he was a senior catering lecturer at Neath Port Talbot College where he achieved fame winning Restaurant Magazines best College Restaurant in "Wales and the South West of England" competition in 2004 and was personally honored by Prime Minister Tony Blair for his dedication to the Education and Hospitality field in Wales in 2003.

Since his move to the U.S. in 2004, Mark has been the dean of Culinary Arts Education at Johnson & Wales University, one of America's most highly regarded culinary arts schools located in Charlotte, NC. He implemented, directed and evaluated culinary planned strategies and tactics related to the college of culinary arts, providing leadership and inspiration to over 40 faculty members, 20 staff and 1400 students.

Allison is the author of "150 Projects to Get You into Culinary Arts," the ultimate guide for any student aiming to become a chef. He has also received numerous honors and awards including 2011 JWU Publishing Award, 2009 JWU Community Service Award, 2008 JWU "Teacher of the Year Award," and in 2006 the JWU "Outstanding Service Award."

"I'm extremely excited to been involved with a company that has such strong leadership and a positive vision for the future. Its diverse culinary operations in the U.S. and around the world will make my position extremely interesting, as we strive to deliver the best possible combination of quality food, service and customer satisfaction in a friendly and competitively priced environment," commented Mark Allison.

"I first met Mark while he was dean of the culinary school at Johnson and Wales, a very impressive campus and valued resource to the Charlotte community. When the opportunity presented itself to have Mark join Chanticleer in the newly created position, I quickly jumped at it," commented Mike Pruitt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "As we continue to develop, enhance and grow our restaurant concepts having Mark's skills and knowledge in a key leadership role will be instrumental to achieving our goals. He will work closely with each of our business units to enhance the customer experience."

About Chanticleer Holdings, Inc
Headquartered in a Charlotte, NC, Chanticleer Holdings (HOTR), together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates restaurant brands in the United States and internationally. The Company is a franchisee owner of Hooters® restaurants in international markets including England, South Africa, Hungary, and Brazil and has joint ventured with the current Hooters franchisee in Australia. Chanticleer is evaluating several additional international opportunities. The Company also owns and operates American Roadside Burgers and owns a majority interest in Just Fresh restaurants in the U.S.

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