Team

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RYAN SMITH

Regional Director 

Fearless Leader.  Hospitality Guru. Bon Vivant. Mover and Shaker

Hospitality comes easily for Ryan.  Ryan successfully managed two of the highest volume restaurants in the country - in New York and on the Las Vegas Strip - both before he turned 30.  He also reinvigorated the Miami restaurant scene, winning Best Happy Hour and Best Brunch awards numerous times. His attention to detail and innovating programs garnered the attention of celebrities and VIPs,  awarding Ryan and his team the coveted Food and Beverage program for the Miami International Boat Show and Miss Universe Pageant. His passion and perseverance are his trademark qualities and he strives to be an inclusive leader whose team members know their voice will be heard.

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PERRY POLLACI

Executive Chef 

Pollaci did not choose a career in the culinary arts; the career chose him. With a long family history deeply intertwined with the food world, Perry has a lifelong passion for cooking.

A New York native, Pollaci grew up in restaurant world, pitching in to help out with his parents’ restaurants at a young age. As early as age 12, he found himself bussing tables, dabbling in dishwashing, and even prepping ingredients for mise en place, often taking cues from his grandfather, who himself was a chef. Perry found himself working with some of New York City’s most renowned chefs, including Michael Mina, Richard Farnabe, Caesar Ramirez, John Johnson, and Geoffrey Zakarian. Most recently, Perry was the Executive Chef at The Royce at the iconic Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena and Firefly, a staple spot in Studio City.  Perry enjoys spending time with his wife and their one-year-old son and their awesome cat.

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SUMMER STEARNS

DIRECTOR OF CATERING AND SPECIAL EVENTS

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