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Brian Ashness

Executive Chef

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Chef Brian loves making good food with great people. He is a proud father, devoted husband and has worked in the restaurant industry for over 15 years, starting as a dishwasher and working his way up. He attended Tony Gemignani’s International School of Pizza and is a Certified Pizzaiolo from Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli, the oldest and most prestigious pizza school. Chef Brian is always exploring new products, researching ingredients and applying new techniques in his kitchen.

Prior to the Surf Club, Chef Brian was the Raw Bar Chef at Midtown Oyster Bar in Newport for four years. During his tenure, the restaurant received many accolades including “Best Raw Bar in New England” by Yankee Magazine. Earlier in his career, he was the Sous Chef at the Lyme Inn Restaurant in New Hampshire and also worked for Hilton.

Chef Brian teaches the pizza class that is held once a month at the Surf Club. It’s a fun and hands-on way to enjoy a Monday night out with friends!