Award-winning chef Rich Vellante founded Sea-Suite Kitchen (SSK) in 2020 to share his passion and expertise on all things culinary, from creating uniquely flavorful dishes to overseeing effective restaurant operations.
For 25 years, Rich served as Executive Chef and Executive Vice President at Legal Sea Foods (LSF), a company with 30+ restaurants voted USA Today’s Best Seafood Restaurant in America. At LSF, Rich helped conceptualize and develop 28 new restaurants, eventually overseeing a suite of 34 restaurants. He was fiercely dedicated to delivering the highest quality products, operating efficiently and ensuring superior guest service – all of which helped institute LSF as a nationally admired, brand. Prior to LSF, Rich owned a critically acclaimed restaurant, lived and cooked throughout Italy, and earned degrees at NYC’s French Culinary Institute, Hamilton College and Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program.
Sea Suite Kitchen reflects what Rich has learned throughout his experiences, and offers fresh recipes and tips, as well as industry insights and consulting services.
Rich has appeared on national TV show such as Good Morning America, The Today Show and Food Network and featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Food & Wine and Restaurant Business. He’s been recognized as a top 50 R&D chef by Nation’s Restaurant News and named Chef of the Year by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. He was the first civilian chef in history to cook for the nation’s Senators and is a repeat guest chef at the James Beard House and Culinary Foundation.
Today Rich serves as Chief Culinary Officer at Broadway Hospitality Group, where he oversees a growing portfolio of 20+ restaurants. Rich resides in Boston and Cape Cod with his wife, Jules, and their dog, Barbuto.
IN THE NEWS
Seasonal entertaining: Labor-Free Lobster for Memorial Day
“An easy bake-in-a-bag shellfish recipe, plus Wine Spectator picks 7 great Chardonnays to pair with the meal”
Send Off Summer With These 11 Delicious Inspirations Perfect For Labor Day
“We celebrate the season with a cool and refreshing retro dessert rooted in MA”
FOOD AND WINE
Problem-solving philosophy brings a sea of change
“With inspiration from an unlikely source, operations have changed significantly inside the kitchens of Legal Sea Foods”
Bait and switch? Know which fish you ordered
“Rich Vellante, helps you figure out if your restaurant is serving you the fish you ordered”
THE TODAY SHOW
More restaurants offering gluten-free menus
“Richard Vellante, the executive chef for Legal Sea Foods, said his company adopted a gluten-free menu”
Start Oyster Season With Chablis
“East coast oysters have a salinity to them and a stronger ocean flavor and, much like wine, really do pick up the area where they’re grown”