New Executive Chef Joins OceanCliff

Posted on June 15, 2020

New Executive Chef Joins OceanCliff

Newport, RI (June 15, 2020) The Newport Experience is delighted to announce the appointment of Jim Colleran as the new Executive Chef. Colleran will oversee The Newport Experience’s extensive banquet and catering offerings and all restaurant culinary activities including lunch and dinner service.

Prior to joining The Newport Experience, Colleran served as Chef de Cuisine at the Brown Faculty Club, where he was responsible for the execution of culinary operations; including menu creation, private parties, and special events. Most recently he has held the positions of Executive Chef at Gurney’s Resort & Marina, Executive Banquet Chef at Foxwoods Resort & Casino and Executive Chef of 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grille.

Earlier in his career, he held the position of Executive Sous Chef at Hyatt Regency Newport. Prior to this, Colleran practiced his culinary talent at Salvation Café, Newport RI, Castle Hill Inn & Resort of Newport, RI, a Relais & Chateau property, as well as the Clarke Cooke House of Newport, RI and Commander’s Palace of New Orleans, LA. His varied background working at smaller restaurants and also larger hotel properties in Newport, RI gave him a great variety of experiences and a unique perspective that have contributed to his culinary leadership.

Colleran was born in Cambridge, MA and grew up in Barrington, RI. He was influenced from an early age by his grandfather, Justin Wilson, an acclaimed television personality of PBS’s Louisiana Cookin’. Coupled with his apprenticeship in New Orleans, Colleran’s culinary style is inspired deeply by Cajun and Creole cuisine. At the core, he believes in cooking with care and technique and letting the ingredients speak for themselves. Colleran earned a Culinary Arts/Food Service Management Degree from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. A member of the American Culinary Federation, he is a Certified Executive Chef and recipient of the ACF Rhode Island Chapter- Chef of the Year Award for 2019. He currently resides in Bristol, RI with his wife and children. He enjoys spending his free time with family, cycling, and barbecuing.

About The Newport Experience

Newport Experience is a hospitality company specializing in oceanfront weddings, social events and corporate retreats in Newport, RI. Our portfolio of fine properties includes: OceanCliff Hotel on famed Ocean Drive, Safari Room Restaurant at OceanCliff, Stone House, Regatta Place, Goat Island Marina and Schooner Aurora.

Steeped in Newport’s rich sailing legacy and stirring with New England tradition, the Newport Experience offers guests the unique seclusion and spectacular beauty of a private oceanfront getaway. From corporate functions to weddings and rehearsal dinners, our illustrious group of event specialists will guide you through every step to ensure an unforgettable affair for you and your guests.

Newport Experience properties are conveniently located just minutes from downtown Newport, 90 minutes from Boston and 3 hours from New York City.

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