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Years Experience
17+ years 

8+ years

Johnson & Wales University, BS in Foodservice Management

Johnson & Wales University, AS in Culinary Arts




Executive Principal | Denver, CO

As a Executive Principal and Ricca Shareholder, Phillip 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 an executive chef and designer, he is instrumental in guiding the culinary design team to remain focused on design intent and project goals throughout the project.

Prior to starting his career in culinary design, Phillip had a passion for culinary arts. This led him to a position as a Teaching Assistant/Fellow at Johnson & Wales University Culinary Institute while pursuing his second degree. Phillip graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2004. His talent for design and attention to detail allows him to assist with equipment selection, refinement, utilities and budget management, and the publication of specifications on any given assignment. Phillip leads our higher education market, as well as one of our studios, and uses his culinary background to ensure every project functions as intended. He assures that quality control and interior peer reviews occur on each project. Phillip joined Ricca Design Studios in 2014 with 10 years of experience managing foodservice design for education, public assembly, business and industry, and healthcare projects. He has extensive experience in Management Advisory Services including facility analysis, benchmarking, menu development, and staff training. He is well versed in AutoCAD, AutoQuotes, KCL, Bluebeam, and Adobe Acrobat. 

Ballpark of Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, FL
Louisville City Stadium, Louisville, KY
Appalachian State University, Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC
PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
Moore Square Park Pavilion, Raleigh, NC
St. James Sports & Wellness Complex, Springfield, VA

University of California, Irvine, CA
Univ. of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Auburn University, Auburn, AL
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO
University of Denver, Denver, CO
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Aims Community College, Greeley, CO
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Florida State University, 1851, Tallahassee, FL
Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Iowa State University, Ames IA
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
North Carolina A&T State, Greensboro, NC
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Fidelity Investments, Multiple Locations
High Tech Web Company, San Bruno, CA
High Tech Web Company, Silicon Valley, CA
Netflix, Building E1 Cafe, Los Gatos, CA
Chipotle Headquarters, Denver, CO
Comcast Cafe, Englewood, CO
High Tech Web Company, Boulder, CO 
Mercedes-Benz USA Headquarters, Atlanta, GA
Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Durham, NC
Asurion Corporate HQ, Nashville, TN 
Capital One, Village Refresh, Goochland, VA

CitizenM, Multiple Locations
Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Multiple Locations
Confidential Amusement Park Resort, Anaheim, CA
Disney Caribbean Beach, Lake Buena Vista, FL
John’s Island Club, Vero Beach, FL
Mandarin Oriental, Boston, MA
Yotel, Parcel J, Boston, MA
High Hampton Inn, Cashiers, NC
Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe, NM
22 Westedge, Harbour Club, Charleston, SC

Avenida Senior Living, Multiple Locations
The Carillon at Belleview Station, Denver, CO
SCL Health, Wheat Ridge, CO
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, NM

Pet Peeve?

Being late. 

Guilty pleasure?

Good cheese, bread & cured meats, plus some wine!

First project with Ricca?

The University of California Irvine - The Anteatery

Most unusual thing you've ever eaten?

I once butchered my own freshwater eel, cooked, and ate it.

What is always in your refrigerator? 

Way too many condiments.

Favorite restaurant?

Kindred - Davidson, NC. Fried oysters with dill yogurt is one of my top 10 dishes ever!

What's your perfect pizza?

Woodfire, definitely. It's hard to beat the Mushroom Robiola Pizza with Truffle Oil at Osteria Marco, Denver, CO.


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