Growing up in a large family in East Central Wisconsin, Ryan found his true passion working at a country club at the age of 15. It was there that he experienced the sights, smells and excitement of a professional kitchen. While completing a BA in Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ryan continued to gain knowledge in all areas of hospitality management while working in some of the city’s best hotels and restaurants.
After completing his education, Ryan was hired as Sous Chef for the celebrated Bartolotta Restaurant Group. That opportunity ultimately led to an opportunity to join Levy Restaurants to open several new locations as well as move to Chicago to run local favorite Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap.
Ryan then took over the kitchen at Michelin Bib Gourmand rated Untitled Supper Club executing some of the city’s premier events and galas as well as nightly dinner service.
From planning and organizing large-scale events, developing new recipes and opening new restaurants, Ryan has worked all facets of the restaurant industry. With a true passion for hospitality and exciting food Ryan is very excited to be part of the new Roanoke Restaurant and welcomes guests as family.