JOHN ELKHAY

MAESTRO/

Since he first exploded on the Rhode Island culinary scene during the early 1980s, John Elkhay has been considered one of the industry’s top chefs and restaurateurs, receiving local, regional and national accolades.

Upon completing his culinary studies at Johnson & Wales University, John honed his skills at several acclaimed restaurants including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Nantucket’s Jared Coffin House. Finding his way back to Rhode Island, John began turning local hot spots into gold like Inprov, Catering Collaborative, and Atomic Grill. With the opening of his first restaurant in 1997 – the sexy, romantic and artistically-inspired XO Café – he stoked the flame of Providence’s culinary renaissance.

Now John is the ever-present, creative genius and culinary Maestro of Chow Fun Food Group, which owns and operates some of the most acclaimed dining locations in Providence: 10 Prime Steak & Sushi, Rick’s Roadhouse, Luxe Burger Bar, XO Café, and Harry’s Bar & Burger, as well as Veritas Catering.

While his culinary prowess has helped shape the city into a dining destination, it is his efforts outside of the kitchen and in the community that have made an even larger impact.

Ross Elkhay, John’s son, passed away at the age of 12 from complications of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). In Ross’ honor, the Elkhay family and their closest friends launched ‘Chefs for CF’, pairing local chefs with volunteer hosts for dinner parties in their homes with proceeds donated directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To date, the event has raised more than $300,000 for the organization’s research efforts.

The Elkhays are also founders of the Ross Elkhay Foundation, which helps to support children and their families who are living with a life-altering or terminal illness. Fundraising activities include wine auctions and golf tournaments, whose proceeds are donated to local children’s organizations, families of children with life-altering diseases, or other charitable activities such as the $190,000 the Foundation granted to the City of Warwick in order to build and support a handicap accessible fishing pier and boardwalk at Gorton Pond in honor of Ross’ passion for painting and fishing.

TED NEWCOMER JR

PRESIDENT/

Theodore Martin Newcomer, Jr. grew up in Bradley Beach, NJ where he was raised in the hospitality industry. While working in both the kitchen and the front of the house in restaurants throughout New Jersey, Ted knew that this was the industry in which he wanted to excel. Teddy chose to attend Johnson & Wales University, where he obtained an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelors of Science in Foodservice Management.

In his efforts to further his career and continue to grow, Teddy joined XO Steakhouse in 1998. Since then Teddy has worked as a cook, a server, and a bartender. In addition, Teddy spent summers in New Jersey as a Sous Chef and enhanced his skills in the kitchen. In 2001 Teddy was then named Assistant Manager at XO and began working as a Bar Manager at 10 Prime Steak & Sushi in 2002.

Ted not only helped transition XO Café into Café Noir at the end of 2007 but in 2008 he helped transform Big Fish into Rick’s Roadhouse. In the same year, he assisted in opening Chinese Laundry, which received the award for Best Exotic Drink Menu. As Ted was named Senior Vice President of Operations in 2009, he then transitioned Citron Wine and Bar into Luxe Burger Bar, while in 2010 he also transitioned Chinese Laundry into Harry’s Bar & Burger.  In 2012 Ted helped re-launch XO Café and in 2013, he helped open the second Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield, MA.

Ted was promoted to President of Chow Fun Food Group in 2015 and currently sits on Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Hospitality Association and chairs the Governmental Affairs Committee.

He has been recognized in Sante Magazine, Yankee Foodservice and the Providence Business News. Named exceptional bartender by Providence Monthly, his Espresso Martini was voted the “Best drink to keep you up at night” and his White Sangria was voted “Best Sangria” by RI Monthly.

Ted resides in Providence with his wife Kristen and their three children Ashley, Lily and Kodiak.

HARRISON ELKHAY

CORPORATE BEVERAGE DIRECTOR/

In his dual role as Corporate Beverage Director for all the Chow Fun restaurants and as General Manager of Ten Prime Steak & Sushi, Harrison is responsible for the development and maintenance of each restaurant’s beverage program, as well as the day-to-day management of the award-winning Ten.

While at Citron, Harry continued his education at Johnson & Wales, earning a Bachelors of Science in Food Service Management with a concentration in Beverage Service Management. His degree led him out west, where he settled at George’s at the Cove in San Diego, CA, working as a bartender, and then as head bartender at the Farley Bar at Cavallo Point – The Lodge at the Golden Gate in Sausalito, where he developed and maintained the seasonal cocktail offerings, managed liquor orders and inventory, and trained new bar staff.

NATASHA NICHOLS

DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION/

JOHN ELKHAY

MAESTRO/

Since he first exploded on the Rhode Island culinary scene during the early 1980s, John Elkhay has been considered one of the industry’s top chefs and restaurateurs, receiving local, regional and national accolades.

Upon completing his culinary studies at Johnson & Wales University, John honed his skills at several acclaimed restaurants including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Nantucket’s Jared Coffin House. Finding his way back to Rhode Island, John began turning local hot spots into gold like Inprov, Catering Collaborative, and Atomic Grill. With the opening of his first restaurant in 1997 – the sexy, romantic and artistically-inspired XO Café – he stoked the flame of Providence’s culinary renaissance.

Now John is the ever-present, creative genius and culinary Maestro of Chow Fun Food Group, which owns and operates some of the most acclaimed dining locations in Providence: 10 Prime Steak & Sushi, Rick’s Roadhouse, Luxe Burger Bar, XO Café, and Harry’s Bar & Burger, as well as Veritas Catering.

While his culinary prowess has helped shape the city into a dining destination, it is his efforts outside of the kitchen and in the community that have made an even larger impact.

Ross Elkhay, John’s son, passed away at the age of 12 from complications of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). In Ross’ honor, the Elkhay family and their closest friends launched ‘Chefs for CF’, pairing local chefs with volunteer hosts for dinner parties in their homes with proceeds donated directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To date, the event has raised more than $300,000 for the organization’s research efforts.

The Elkhays are also founders of the Ross Elkhay Foundation, which helps to support children and their families who are living with a life-altering or terminal illness. Fundraising activities include wine auctions and golf tournaments, whose proceeds are donated to local children’s organizations, families of children with life-altering diseases, or other charitable activities such as the $190,000 the Foundation granted to the City of Warwick in order to build and support a handicap accessible fishing pier and boardwalk at Gorton Pond in honor of Ross’ passion for painting and fishing.

TED NEWCOMER JR

PRESIDENT/

Theodore Martin Newcomer, Jr. grew up in Bradley Beach, NJ where he was raised in the hospitality industry. While working in both the kitchen and the front of the house in restaurants throughout New Jersey, Ted knew that this was the industry in which he wanted to excel. Teddy chose to attend Johnson & Wales University, where he obtained an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelors of Science in Foodservice Management.

In his efforts to further his career and continue to grow, Teddy joined XO Steakhouse in 1998. Since then Teddy has worked as a cook, a server, and a bartender. In addition, Teddy spent summers in New Jersey as a Sous Chef and enhanced his skills in the kitchen. In 2001 Teddy was then named Assistant Manager at XO and began working as a Bar Manager at 10 Prime Steak & Sushi in 2002.

Ted not only helped transition XO Café into Café Noir at the end of 2007 but in 2008 he helped transform Big Fish into Rick’s Roadhouse. In the same year, he assisted in opening Chinese Laundry, which received the award for Best Exotic Drink Menu. As Ted was named Senior Vice President of Operations in 2009, he then transitioned Citron Wine and Bar into Luxe Burger Bar, while in 2010 he also transitioned Chinese Laundry into Harry’s Bar & Burger.  In 2012 Ted helped re-launch XO Café and in 2013, he helped open the second Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield, MA.

Ted was promoted to President of Chow Fun Food Group in 2015 and currently sits on Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Hospitality Association and chairs the Governmental Affairs Committee.

He has been recognized in Sante Magazine, Yankee Foodservice and the Providence Business News. Named exceptional bartender by Providence Monthly, his Espresso Martini was voted the “Best drink to keep you up at night” and his White Sangria was voted “Best Sangria” by RI Monthly.

Ted resides in Providence with his wife Kristen and their three children Ashley, Lily and Kodiak.

HARRISON ELKHAY

CORPORATE BEVERAGE DIRECTOR/

In his dual role as Corporate Beverage Director for all the Chow Fun restaurants and as General Manager of Ten Prime Steak & Sushi, Harrison is responsible for the development and maintenance of each restaurant’s beverage program, as well as the day-to-day management of the award-winning Ten.

While at Citron, Harry continued his education at Johnson & Wales, earning a Bachelors of Science in Food Service Management with a concentration in Beverage Service Management. His degree led him out west, where he settled at George’s at the Cove in San Diego, CA, working as a bartender, and then as head bartender at the Farley Bar at Cavallo Point – The Lodge at the Golden Gate in Sausalito, where he developed and maintained the seasonal cocktail offerings, managed liquor orders and inventory, and trained new bar staff.

NATASHA NICHOLS

DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION/