Richard began his career overseas working for the Michelin star restaurant Beccofino in Florence, Italy. When he returned to the US, he was appointed Chef De Cuisine at Spiaggia in Chicago, the youngest person to ever hold such a coveted position. He then went on to open Custom House with Shawn in the same position. In 2009, he moved to Las Vegas to be Executive Chef at the acclaimed Sage, a signature Shawn McClain restaurant. The hotspot soon came to be known as the ‘culinary crown jewel’ of Aria Resort and Casino. Using the massive success of Sage as a springboard, Richard and Shawn continued to grow their partnership with MGM Resorts. In 2013, Richard became managing partner with Shawn in Five50 Pizza bar at Aria and Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay in 2016. Richard has lead the on-time, on-budget openings of all three Las Vegas locations and actively leads the organization in daily operations which exceed annual revenues of $20 Mil. Working in partnership with Shawn, he is also accountable for the restaurants' financial performance and as ‘keeper of culture’ has a passion for mentoring and cultivating talent within their growing organization. 


Richard is a Michigan native, growing up in Holland MI. He currently resides in Las Vegas with his wife Sarah and two sons.