Next Level Chef's Winner and Runner Up, Chefs Chris Spinosa and Tucker Ricchio

Lets GOOOOO!! DTLA Dinner Club is taking it to the Next Level with this event! We've got two of this last season's very best chefs showing off their skills for you. Be sure to follow Chef Zaddy at @chef_zaddy and Chef Ricchio at @cheftuckerricchio, and check out their bios below. 


Chris Spinosa is a Long island, NY native, who is now slinging some culinary blessings out in Florida. Originally a musician, Chris studied at the University of Connecticut and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music. He always worked in kitchens on the side just to make some money, but he found himself slowly growing what is now his true primary passion in life: food!

Shortly after graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education, Chris started off his culinary exploits in NYC at Jean-Georges’s Asian concept “Spice Market”. This job would be the first of many he would undertake in the NY dining circuit. Other establishments he’s worked at include Tom Colicchio’s “Craft”, April Bloomfield’s “John Dory Oyster Bar”, Steven Starr’s “Buddakan, and the infamous NYC French bistro “Bagatelle NYC”. These along with many more locations culminated into what is now the basis of Chris’s culinary experiences.

If spending almost a decade in NYC wasn’t enough, shortly after moving to West Palm Beach, FL, Chris was recruited onto Season 2 of Gordon Ramsay’s “Next Level Chef” which finished as a finalist and certainly a provocative character among the cast. His cuisine “holy trinity” is comprised of the following: French-mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Eastern-Asian cuisines with an emphasis on Korean and Chinese influences.

Chris has now taken his skills on the road as a private chef. These days, you will find him as a cooking for pro-athletes, as well as some of the aristocrats who inhabit one of the most expensive zip codes in the United States. His culinary adventure is ever-progressing, and he is always on the go for new experiences in both food, and in people.

Local chef Tucker Ricchio was an emerging talent in the San Francisco restaurant scene, working in Michelin-starred kitchens like Acquerello, before the pandemic hit. After widespread closures left her without work, she pivoted to teaching cooking courses online with startup Truffle Shuffle.

The more classes she taught, the more her reputation grew – leading to her eventual casting on season two of Gordon Ramsay’s “Next Level Chef” on Fox.

In a span of five weeks and 15 episodes, all filmed in Las Vegas, Ricchio competed against, and beat, 17 other chefs to win a $250,000 prize and a year of mentorship under Ramsay and co-hosts – chefs Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais. Now, she’s returned home to San Francisco with increased experience and contacts, and eager to get cooking for clients.

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July 24, 2024 at 7:00pm - 10pm
The El Dorado Penthouse
416 S Spring St
Loft 1209
Los Angeles, CA 90013
United States
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