Michael Ryan

PARTNER

 

Mike is a 25 year veteran of the food, hospitality and lifestyle industry.

 

In his role as Divisional Supervisor for the Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group in Chicago, Michael ran the "Shaw's Division’"- the company’s largest and most prestigious division. In 2001 he was recruited by Steve Hanson’s BR Guest Restaurant Group as Corporate Director of Operations/Associate Partner, where he oversaw the Seafood Division, consisting of Blue Water Grill, Blue Fin, Ocean Grill, Atlantic Grill and Park Avalon.  At the end of 2003, Michael left BR Guest to help open Starwich, a chain of upscale sandwich shops in Manhattan that were recognized within the industry for their style, quality and innovation. In 2005, Nation’s Restaurant News nominated the chain as "Hottest New Concept."

 

In 2008, Michael brought his experience and acumen to Morgans Hotel Group. As Regional Director of Food and Beverage for New York City, Michael presided over landmark hotels Morgans, Royalton, and Hudson. In early 2011, Richie Notar, long-time Managing Partner of the world’s most successful restaurant chain, Nobu, invited Michael to head up Notar Hospitality. Michael was responsible for targeting and developing brands that fit within the elite company profile of hospitality investments. Michael’s experience at Notar Hospitality helped him to finally launch his own hospitality production company, CHIBAMA.

David Sewell

PARTNER

 

David came to New York City 10 years ago from Alabama due to his love of the theatre.  He became a professional actor and director credited with numerous plays, commercials, television shows, and movies.    It didn’t take David long to realize that his passion for his secondary job in the food and beverage industry was similar to his love of acting.   The quote, “hospitality is theatre that you get to eat, drink, and experience first hand” really resonated with David and he became responsible for launching Vintage New York’s Wine Bar in Soho and UWS with the owners of the Quilted Giraffe.

 

In 2005, David joined Starwich, Inc and quickly rose up the ranks to become the Vice President of Operations of the multiple unit quick casual chain.  He followed in the footsteps of his mentor, Michael Ryan, to Morgans Hotel Group (MHG) when he became the Director of Food and Beverage at Royalton Hotel in 2008.  He was promoted to Regional Director of Food and Beverage in 2010 overseeing both Morgans and Royalton Hotels.   David left MHG in 2012 to form Notar Hospitality with Michael Ryan and Richie Notar.  David oversaw all projects from concept development to ‘opening night’. David's experience at Notar Hospitality helped him to finally launch his own hospitality production company, CHIBAMA.

 

Jordan Andino

PARTNER/CELEBRITY CHEF

 

Currently the host of The Cooking Channel's Late Nite Eats. Charming the classics such as Zagat, NY Times, and the Wall St. Journal, but also wooing BuzzFeed, Thrillist, and Business Insider; a combination of old school marketing and social media presence has cemented Jordan Andino as the millennial celebrity chef.


Jordan was born in Toronto, Canada and began his foray into the culinary world at bright age of nine years old training with his dad, a renowned chef himself. As a teen he put his experience to use, working as a personal chef for families in the Manhattan Beach area, impressing the community with his delicious and complex meals. He went on to sharpen his business acumen at Cornell University’s Hotel School of Administration.


With ambitions to be a standout chef, Jordan gained more valuable experience “staging” or interning at some the countries most reputable and respected restaurants such as Jean Georges in NYC, Spago in Beverly Hills, California and the  prestigious, French Laundry in Yountville, California under Thomas Keller. Using his 5 years as both a dual-property executive chef and corporate executive chef with Funbars restaurant group in NYC, Jordan took on the task of managing and operating the Hampton’s hotspot Harlow East, in Sag Harbor, NY. After a successful summer, restaurant ownership was the only box left unchecked and this life long dream was realized at the age of 27. Jordan joined forces with Michael Ryan and David Sewell of Chibama Hospitality as a partner in early 2016. By the summer, 2nd City burst on the culinary scene. By creating a new genre of restaurant, the “Filipino Taqueria ®”, Jordan used the momentum of 2nd City to be recognized as a culinary game changer under the age of 30 by ZAGAT and took his restaurant to fan and critical acclaim boasting near perfect ratings online and in print.


With the Food Network, Food Network Canada, Bravo, E!, the Today Show, and every other major network under his belt, Jordan has his sights on gastronomical success in the near future. As for now, get ready because this young and innovative chef is bound to be seen all around the country… on what you may ask? Stay tuned to find out ;)

 

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