A graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary Program, Kevin Felice also studied economics at Seton Hall. Kevin started his career at the Hilton Short Hills where he worked under the direction of Chef Richard Kennedy. While there he spearheaded the re-opening of their dining room which received some of the highest accolades in New Jersey. In his early career, Kevin was Owner and Executive Chef of The Cargo Cafe in Staten Island, NY. Now, as part of the 40NORTH Restaurant Group for 4 years, Kevin spearheads the creative development of all 40NORTH kitchens and menus. “Flavor should be clean and simple. I enjoy taking familiar flavors and dishes and presenting them in a new and exciting way that surprises my guests. Comfort can be cutting edge if you are innovative in your technique.” Recent accomplishments with 40NORTH include the conception and opening of The Office Tavern Grill, Piattino Neighborhood Bistro and George + Martha’s American Grill.
John joined 40North Restaurants as a General Manager for the Office Beer Bar and Grill Brand in 2012, and held the same title at the Historic Black Horse Tavern & Pub, before taking over the reins at Piattino Neighborhood Bistro in Mendham, NJ. After graduating with a degree from Rutgers, John rose through the ranks at TGI Fridays as an award winning competitive bartender, and held various management positions before being named general manager. Following that, John worked with Ignite Restaurants and Joe’s Crab Shack. John brings his extensive background of food and beverage to Piattino, successfully impressing the restaurant’s guests by creating a unique dining destination.