"You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together"
Meet The Chef
Leading innovative culinary teams is my passion. The ability to be creative and leave my signature on every menu and dish is what drives me. I love the daily changes and curve balls that come with being a chef.
After graduating from Humber College, Toronto in 1993, I was fortunate to start my career being exposed to amazing food and I’ve worked with some of the best chefs in Toronto at Auberge Du Pommier, Canoe and Scaramouch. I worked alongside talented and innovative chefs like Anthony Walsh and Keith Froggett who took the time to mentor me and push me to get better in every way. My journey has exposed me to multi-cultural styles of cuisine.
Over my career I have been able to travel and opened several hotels and restaurants from ground up such as Liberty Grand, Eau Restaurant, the Westin Charlotte, The Umstead Hotel & Spa – Heron’s, Bloomington Sheraton, Lela Restaurant, and Westin Nashville. In my current role as the Complex Executive Chef for two Starwood brands Le Meridien and Sheraton Charlotte hotels, I designed the menus and concept for Evoke restaurant, which was voted best new restaurant in 2015 and the #7 top restaurant in Charlotte in 2016. I am also corporate chef for Wischermman Partners helping them to open new properties and concepts.
One of my passions has always been giving back to community. Some of the charities I’m currently working with are JDRF, March of Dimes, Kids No Hungry, Cystic Fibrosis, School Central and Hospitality House.
I am originally from Toronto, but my family and I are happy to call North Carolina and Charlotte home.
Absolutely loved it.
Amazing food and charismatic chef.
Tom Richards, NC