Who's Cooking in Rhode Island

Featured Chefs/Restaurateurs

Franco Paterno
Bluefin Grille
Franco Paterno was born and raised in southern Italy, in a region known for its pristine waters, and continual sunshine, where all typical Mediterranean foods grow abundantly.

He was heavily...
Sai Viswanath
DeWolf Tavern
Chef Sai Viswanath holds degrees in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America and from the hotel school in Madras, India. He has traveled the world refining his cuisine holding positions...
Beau Vestal
New Rivers
Hailing from Sarasota, FL, New Rivers chef Beau Vestal has been delighting diners with his straight forward yet creative approach to modern bistro cooking for years. Part small farm and sustainable...
Matt Jennings
Farmstead
We are advocates of honest, seasonal, handmade food. We are educators, enthusiasts and students of artisan foods and their heritage, history, traditions and future. We are informed and inquisitive...
Jake Rojas
Tallulah on Thames
Rojas spearheads Tallulah's culinary artistic vision. He originates from El Paso, Texas and is a graduate of the Culinary Art Institute of Dallas. Rojas has held positions as Executive Chef of The...
Derek Wagner
Nick's on Broadway
At the age of 24 Derek Wagner opened Nick's on Broadway. Nine years later, and in it's second location (500 Broadway), he has opened a newly expanded version of the ever-evolving...
Benjamin Sukle
Birch
A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Ben's drive to learn has taken him as far as Copenhagen, where he apprenticed at the peerless Noma. During his time spent at The Dorrance, he was twice...
Champe Speidel
Persimmon
Chef Speidel combines his unyielding enthusiasm for the craft with a fierce commitment to sourcing the very best ingredients and products. The menu changes a little each night to showcase Speidel's...
Chef Lee Sonsky
Hemenway's
Fortunately for guests, Chef Lee made the decision while in school to change from pre-med to culinary. After getting his start in a small Italian restaurant in Long Island, then venturing to the...
Kevin Gaudreau
Trio
Kevin M. Gaudreau, a nationally recognized, award-winning chef from Jamestown, Rhode Island, honed his culinary expertise in some of the most popular restaurants in the country including The Atlantic...
Martin Lyons
XO Cafe
As executive chef, Marty is responsible for providing an unparalleled farm-to-table culinary experience for guests, using the best fresh, local ingredients whenever possible.

As executive chef...
J. Daniel Knerr
The Black Pearl
Executive Chef: J. Daniel Knerr CEC. AAC.
Daniel Knerr has been the Executive Chef at the Black Pearl Restaurant in Newport for the past 20 years. He was awarded The American Culinary Federation's...
Matthew Varga
Gracie's
Varga grew up in a household that loved to cook and use artistry and fresh ingredients while doing so. Crabbing and fishing was something Matthew spent countless hours doing in his hometown of...
Nemo Bolin
Cook & Brown Public House
As proprietor and head chef, Nemo Bolin brings 15 years of restaurant experience to Cook & Brown. He began his career at L'Etoile restaurant on Martha's Vineyard, a French inspired fine dining...
Melissa Denmark
Gracie's
Denmark grew up in Columbia, Md., where she had memorized her chocolate chip cookie recipe by middle school. Always baking, and reading cookbooks, her father encouraged her to consider the field of...
Jonathan Cartwright
Muse by Jonathan Cartwright
Cartwright is a Relais & Chateau designated chef and the only chef in New England to be awarded the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star dining experience designations for his work at Muse's sister...
Lou Cruz
Ten Prime Steak and Sushi
Chef Lou Cruz returns to the Chow Fun family as Executive Chef at Ten. Chef Lou began his culinary career with Chow Fun, first as sushi chef at Ten, then growing into the role of sous chef at the...
Edward Bolus
Mill's Tavern
Chef Edward Bolus's passion for food and cooking developed at an early age. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, one of his most vivid childhood memories was awakening to the aromas of his mother and...
Christopher Blouin
Luxe Burger Bar
As chef de cuisine at Luxe Burger Bar, Warren, RI, native Chris Blouin is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the back of the house, overseeing the culinary team, and menu creation and...
Johanne Killeen And George Germon
Al Forno
Johanne Killeen and George Germon are chefs/owners of Al Forno Restaurant, which opened in Providence in January 1980. Al Forno, which literally means “from the oven'"¯ was inspired by the opulence...
John Granata
Camille's Restaurant
Chef Granata has clearly established himself as one of Rhode Island's premier culinary talents! From the kitchen of this elegant Federal Hill restaurant he is known for his masterful versions of...
Chef Tim Kelly
Chapel Grille
Executive Chef Tim Kelly has refined his culinary artistry over the course of a distinguished 35-year career. Commencing his gastronomic journey as a pastry chef, he quickly rose, at age 20, to...
Anthony Tarro
Siena Restaurant
Anthony's passion for food began at home watching his mother prepare meals for the family. He began working in food service in high school and has not stopped since. He is a graduate of the RI School...
Dan Hall
Perro Salado
Chef Dan Hall brings the wisdom of his years spent in Miami and New York kitchens to his Newport restaurant. His own unique and modern interpretation of Mexican flavors boasts beautiful ingredients...
Bob Bankert
The Mooring
Chef Bob Bankert's skills and talents were apparent early in his career when he began as an intern under the expert tutelage of Chef Casey Riley, COO of the Newport Harbor Corporation and former...
Angie Armenise
Blackie's Bull Dog Tavern
She graduated in 2002 from Johnson & Wales University with a bachelor of science in culinary arts, and has worked at a number of restaurants, including as executive chef for the seven restaurants...
Kevin King
Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen
Chef Kevin King joined Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen in Summer 2009 as sous chef and was promoted to executive chef in Spring 2012. Chef King fell in love with the culinary world as a teen. Since then...
Nick Rabar
Avenue N American Kitchen
Since the beginning of his nearly 20 year career, chef and culinary personality Nick Rabar has maintained a true passion for classic American cuisine and has received numerous accolades from diners...
Camille's
Chef Granata has clearly established himself as one of Rhode Island's premier culinary talents! From the kitchen of this elegant Federal Hill restaurant he is known for his masterful versions of...
Karsten Hart
Castle Hill Inn
A student of different cultures, Chef Hart enjoys an international view of cooking and readily embraces different approaches and flavors. Inspired at an early age by his mother's cooking, Karsten...
Chris DePerro
The Fifth Element
Chef Chris DePerro has been cooking professionally since the age of fifteen. Starting out in his home state of Michigan, he moved to New York to attend the Culinary Institute of America. After...
Matthew McCarthy
Fish
Matthew McCarthy , was among nine chefs chosen to complete for the New England title. He is Fish's executive chef and partner, who has won Food and Wine magazine's reader poll as The People's Best...
Willis Stepp
Public Kitchen & Bar
For as long as he can remember, Chef Willis Stepp was always cooking. He discovered his love for all things culinary at a small restaurant in Old Lyme, Connecticut where he worked as a prep cook...
Executive Chef Paul Shire
2 Pauls City Grille
Paul Shire came onto the local food scene in 1990, when he and Anthony Salemme opened the DownCity Diner to much critical acclaim. That concept evolved into DownCity Food + Cocktails. Eventually...
Brian Kingsford
Bacaro
Brian Kingsford and Jennifer Matta opened Bacaro on May 8th, 2007. The long time couple, both having worked at Al Forno for more than a decade, have decided to show Providence and beyond something...
Vasilios Kourakis
Basil's Of Narragansett
At the age of seventeen Vasilios arrived in the United States from the island of Crete in Greece. He found his way to New York City and began his culinary training at private clubs, hotels and fine...
Albert Bouchard III
Restaurant Bouchard
Albert Bouchard started his culinary career at a young age. At the age of 15, he apprenticed for a French chef who was so impressed with Albert's potential, he wrote to the Cordon Bleu. Albert was...
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Seasons at The Ocean House
Featured Recipe: N/A
Appointed as the Executive Chef in December 2011, after serving as Executive Sous Chef since summer 2010, John Kolesar brings more than 10 years of experience at world-class restaurants and catering...
Johanne Killeen And George Germon
Johanne Killeen and George Germon are chefs/owners of Al Forno Restaurant, which opened in Providence in January 1980. Al Forno, which literally means “from the oven'" was inspired by the opulence...
Champe Speidel
Persimmon
Featured Recipe: Yellow Squash Soup with Scallion Salad
Chef Speidel combines his unyielding enthusiasm for the craft with a fierce commitment to sourcing the very best ingredients and products. The menu changes a little each night to showcase Speidel's...