John Elkhay, Maestro
Since he first exploded on the Rhode Island culinary scene in the early 1980's, 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 & Whales 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 like Inprov, Catering Collaborative, and Atomic Grill into gold. He stoked the flame of the fire of Providence’s culinary renaissance in 1997 with the opening of his first restuarant - the sexy, romantic and artistically inspired XO Café.
Now, John is the ever-present, creative genius and culinary Maestro of Chow Fun Food Group, which owns and operates some 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.
Just as 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 perhaps 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 and 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 Elkhay’s 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 that the Foundation granted to the City of Warwick to build and support a handicap accessible fishing pier and boardwalk at Gorton Pond, in honor of Ross’ passion for painting and fishing.
Teddy Newcomer, Vice President of Operations / Corporate Beverage Manager
A veteran of Rhode Island’s hospitality industry, Ted Newcomer began his career in his native Jersey Shore as soon as he could get a job, working in kitchens and dining rooms throughout New Jersey. Growing passionate about the industry, Ted entered Johnson & Wales University, earning an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelors of Science in Foodservice Management.
Settling in what was to become a culinary mecca, Ted earned his first position at XO Café in Providence in 1998, working as a cook, a server and the Providence Monthly-named exceptional bartender, serving up such libations as the Espresso Martini and White Sangria, voted the “Best Drink to Keep You Up at Night” and “Best Sangria,” respectively, by Rhode Island Monthly.
In 2001, Ted was promoted to Assistant Manager at XO and then Bar Manager at Chow Fun’s second restaurant, 10 Prime Steak & Sushi. With the addition of the restaurant group’s third property, Big Fish (now Rick’s Roadhouse), Ted earned the title of Corporate Beverage Manager, responsible for building award-winning wine lists and cocktail menus for each restaurant.
Now, as Director of Operations for Chow Fun, Today, Ted is responsible for managing the overall beverage program and managing restaurant operations at XO Café, Ten Prime Steak & Sushi, Rick’s Roadhouse, Luxe Burger Bar, and Harry’s Bar & Burger.
A native of Bradley Beach, NJ, Ted resides in Providence with his wife, Kristen, and two children, Cody and Lily.