Since he first exploded on the Rhode Island culinary scene in the early 1980's, John Elkhay has been considered one of the industry’s top chefs and restaurateurs, receiving local, regional and national accolades.
Upon completing his culinary studies at Johnson & Whales University, John honed his skills at several acclaimed restaurants including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Nantucket’s Jared Coffin House. Finding his way back to Rhode Island, John began turning local hot spots like Inprov, Catering Collaborative, and Atomic Grill into gold. He stoked the flame of the fire of Providence’s culinary renaissance in 1997 with the opening of his first restuarant - the sexy, romantic and artistically inspired XO Café.
Now, John is the ever-present, creative genius and culinary Maestro of Chow Fun Food Group, which owns and operates some the most acclaimed dining locations in Providence: 10 Prime Steak & Sushi, Rick’s Roadhouse, Luxe Burger Bar, XO Café, and Harry’s Bar & Burger, as well as Veritas Catering.
Just as his culinary prowess has helped shape the City into a dining destination, it is his efforts outside of the kitchen and in the community that have perhaps made an even larger impact.
Ross Elkhay, John’s son, passed away at the age of 12 from complications of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). In Ross’ honor, the Elkhay family and their closest friends launched Chefs for CF, pairing local chefs and volunteer hosts for dinner parties in their homes, with proceeds donated directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To date, the event has raised more than $300,000 for the organization’s research efforts.
The Elkhay’s are also founders of the Ross Elkhay Foundation, which helps to support children and their families who are living with a life-altering or terminal illness. Fundraising activities include wine auctions and golf tournaments, whose proceeds are donated to local children’s organizations, families of children with life-altering diseases, or other charitable activities, such as the $190,000 that the Foundation granted to the City of Warwick to build and support a handicap accessible fishing pier and boardwalk at Gorton Pond, in honor of Ross’ passion for painting and fishing.
Theodore Martin Newcomer, Jr. grew up in Bradley Beach, NJ where he was raised in the hospitality industry. While working in both the kitchen and in the front of the house in restaurants throughout New Jersey, Teddy knew that this was the industry in which he wanted to excel. Teddy chose to attend Johnson & Wales University, where he obtained an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelors of Science in Foodservice Management.
In his efforts to further his career and continue to grow, Teddy joined XO Steakhouse in 1998. Since then Teddy has worked as a cook, a server and a bartender. In addition, Teddy spent summers in New Jersey as a Sous Chef and enhanced his skills in the kitchen. Teddy was then named Assistant Manager at XO in 2001 and began working as a Bar Manager at 10 Prime Steak & Sushi in 2002.
Ted not only helped transition XO Café into Café Noir at the end 2007 but in 2008 helped transform Big Fish into Rick’s Roadhouse. In the same year, he assisted in opening Chinese Laundry, which received the award for Best Exotic Drink Menu. Citron Wine and Bar turned into Luxe Burger Bar in 2009 and Ted was named Senior Vice President of Operations and in 2010 he transitioned Chinese Laundry into Harry’s Bar & Burger. In 2012 Ted helped re-launch XO Café as well as open the second Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield, MA in 2013.
Ted was promoted to President of Chow Fun Food Group in 2015 and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Hospitality Association and chairs the Governmental Affairs Committee.
Teddy has been recognized in Sante Magazine, Yankee Foodservice and the Providence Business News. Named exceptional bartender by Providence Monthly, his Espresso Martini was voted the “Best drink to keep you up at night” and his White Sangria was voted “Best Sangria” by RI Monthly.
Ted resides in Providence with his wife Kristen and their three children Ashley, Lily and Kodiak.