Richard Garcia

Richard Garcia

Known to most of his peers in the industry as the "seafood chef,” Richard Garcia currently oversees 250 F&B outlets in over 100 hotels & resorts as the vice president of culinary for Crescent Hotels & Resorts. Crescent is part of an elite group of independent hotel management companies approved to operate flags under the major brand affiliations of Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt as well as independents across the United States and Canada and is comprised of properties in the resort, upper-upscale full-service, and luxury segments. He is a recent recipient of the “Top 40 Under 40 Food Service Professionals in America” award, and became known for his commitment to seafood and sustainability with the success of his restaurant, Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro in Foxborough, MA, where he was James Beard recognized and also won the Boston Rising Star Chef award. He then had tremendous success as the executive chef at 606 Congress at the Boston Renaissance Hotel in the Seaport District. While at 606 Congress he traveled to locations all over the country and Canada to speak to chefs about the sustainability of our oceans and those who depend on it to make a living. Richard also served as Chefs Collaborative Boston Local Leader where he was responsible for connecting local chefs and artisan producers in the Greater Boston area.Richard is a veteran of the Armed Forces having served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Coast Guard. Today he participates and supports a few key veteran organizations that help New England veterans integrate back into their communities through targeted vocational training and therapies. (Boston, MA)