Born, raised, and educated in France, Christine was born with a love for the culinary arts. The daughter of a "food family," her parents own and operate a small patisserie and bakery in southwest France's Biarritz. Drawn to the management side, Christine received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Ecole Superiore de Commerce in Poitiers in 1982.
A scholarship to the American Graduate School of International Management led Christine to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1983. Christine first pursued life away from food with the non-profit Pershing Square Management Association, through which she organized the revitalization of Pershing Square in downtown LA.
Christine then turned her attention to co-founding the Patina Group, one of LA's most prolific culinary empires and home to nationally acclaimed restaurants Patina, Pinot, Nick & Stef's, and Zucca, as well as the premier Patina Catering. As Vice President, Christine oversaw corporate marketing, public relations, endorsements, investor relations, management training seminars, and philanthropy.
More recently, Christine co-founded Kinara Spa where she directs the café and boutique, personally buying all of its wares in Europe. Her vision has created an oasis of relaxed and subtle luxury in West Hollywood and has led to a rethinking of spa cuisine as supremely delicious as well as healthy and nourishing to body and being.
In 1996, Christine was honored with the Hollywood Women of Distinction Award by Council Member Jackie Goldberg and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. UCLA Extension awarded the Splichals the Success in Creative Partnership Award in 2001. Christine is also well-known for her contributions to the community. She is a member of the Library Council responsible for raising funds for the Los Angeles Library and is on the Board of Directors of Hillsides, a home for abused children in Pasadena, as well as the Blue Ribbon, the fund-raising arm of the downtown Music Center. She is also a member of Trusteeship, an affiliate of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of women leaders of significant and diverse achievements. Christine lives in Pasadena with her husband and twin sons Nicolas and Stephane.