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Felipe Riccio, a native of Mexico, grew up in coastal Veracruz and moved to Houston as a teenager. He comes from a long line of immigrants—his mother is of Spanish heritage, and his father is from Naples, Italy. Felipe began working in the culinary scene in high school and began his career with Frederic Perrier at Aura. He spent nearly four years at REEF and worked his way to executive sous chef. Later, after being on the opening team at The Pass & Provisions, he opened Camerata wine bar under the mentorship of Master Sommelier David Keck. While at Camerata, Felipe achieved his Sommelier Certification under The Court of Master Sommeliers, was named an Eater Young Gun in 2014, produced dinners around the city with MangiaMaccheroni and married fellow Camerata sommelier Hayley Riccio.
In 2016, Felipe and Hayley moved to Milan, Italy, where he staged at Carlo e Camilla and Erba Brusca. He then moved to Modena for a three month stage at Osteria Francescana under Massimo Bottura. Later, Felipe moved to Basque Country to travel and stage at Azurmendi. He left Europe for a month-long stage in New York under Dan Barber at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in August 2017. Upon returning to Italy, Felipe went to the Dolomites to stage at 1-Michelin starred AGA. Before returning to Houston to join David Keck as executive chef at Goodnight Hospitality, he traveled throughout Italy and the Mediterranean exploring his roots and discovering the bounty of the region.