Ryan O’Melveny Wilson
Vice President and Executive Chef, Lawry’s Restaurants Inc.
O’Melveny Wilson is the executive chef for Lawry’s Restaurants Inc. and the director of operations at Five Crowns and SideDoor in Corona del Mar and the Tam O’Shanter in Los Angeles. He also serves as a vice president for the company and represents the fourth generation of the Frank family to become immersed in the Lawry’s brand, proudly carrying on the family’s 90-year legacy.
Ryan’s desire to learn new cooking techniques fueled a creative fire that earned him a chef’s coat in some of the West Coast’s finest eateries, including San Francisco’s lauded, two-Michelin star restaurant, Quince, and Napa Valley’s famed eatery, La Toque. Ryan also spent time in Chianti under renowned Italian butcher Dario Cecchini, and was mentored by master chefs throughout Italy and Japan. His most recent culinary venture led him into two of New York’s most popular kitchens, Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern and Tom Colicchio’s Craft.
Before pursuing his culinary ambitions around the world, Ryan grew up creating dishes for his mother and sister. He officially stepped into the family business in 2002 as the prep cook at the Tam O’Shanter and later transitioned to the Five Crowns kitchen as a line cook. After following culinary opportunities outside the Lawry’s realm, he returned as the opening chef for The Prime Rib restaurants in China and Japan. Stateside, he served as opening chef for Lawry’s Carvery at L.A. Live and in 2008 returned to the Tam O’Shanter as Executive Chef.
During his time at the Tam O’Shanter, Ryan worked closely on the concept and execution for SideDoor in Corona del Mar and later became the executive chef for both SideDoor and Five Crowns. In 2014, Ryan assisted in opening the SideDoor gastropub in Chicago and remains focused on providing the highest quality food service available through his corporate and operational roles. For 2015, Ryan’s responsibilities have grown to include the operational oversight of the six licensed Lawry’s Prime Rib locations in Asia and the future growth of Lawry’s international portfolio.