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YEARS WITH RICCA
3 year

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

16 years

EDUCATION

Associates from Scottsdale Culinary Institute: Business Management & Food Science

JEREMY KITTELSON

Principal | Denver, CO

As a Principal, Jeremy is heavily involved in planning, concept and schematic design, and oversees the design process through construction. He creates and drives the project vision, adheres to programming, and provides strategic planning. As both a chef and designer, he is instrumental in guiding the culinary design team to remain focused on design intent and project goals throughout the project.

BACKGROUND

Jeremy has a love for food and cooking and his career in foodservice allowed him to pursue that passion through roles as an Executive Chef and most recently as a Culinary Director for nine years where he was involved with strategic leadership and development of seven restaurant concepts. He directed daily back of house operations across all locations, including cost control, P&L, strategic planning, menu development and quality control. He built, developed and managed a staff of 10 direct and 250 indirect reports, providing ongoing coaching and training to ensure optimal performance.

Jeremy’s inspiration for the food service industry stems from a desire to help develop leadership teams and careers, impacting people’s lives for the better, and mentoring the next generation. His passion of working with food, finding ways to make it a sustainable process, and looking at the entire cycle, from where food comes from to when it’s being served up, greatly impacted his previous roles.

Now working to design the spaces that he’s worked in for so long, Jeremy would like to positively impact the foodservice industry by helping to make improvements to the workplace, including conditions, efficiencies, and general well being. Some of the challenges he knows we are faced with are finding new and efficient and ways to serve high quality food while using less resources. He has received numerous industry recognitions for career accomplishments.  

SELECT EXPERIENCE - ALL MARKETS

Ferhman Restaurant, Des Monies, IA*  
Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, Big Sky, MT* 
Glide Memorial Church HQ, San Francisco, CA*
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH*  
Whitcomb Terrace Senior Living, Aspen, CO* 
Warren Village, Denver, CO* 
Hapa Sushi, Boulder, CO*  

Edible Beats Restaurants**
     El Five, Denver, CO
     Linger, Denver, CO
     Ophelia's,
Denver, CO
     Root Down, Denver CO
     Vital Root, Denver, CO
Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, CO** 
Tapawingo, Ellsworth, MI** 
Blackbird, Chicago, IL**   

**Projects completed with another firm

Guilty pleasure? 

Really anything that involves sugar and a drive through window.

What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?

All the bugs; ants, grasshoppers, and cricket 

I feel alive when...

Pushing past my physical limits

If you could take a 6-month sabbatical, what would you do?

Take my wife and son on a backpacking and fly fishing trip along the Appalachian Trail.

What's one piece of advice you'd give to your 20-year-old-self? 

Don't take time for granted

What's the greatest lesson you've learned in your career, thus far?

There are no shortcuts for success.

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