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Newport native Kevin Fitzgerald has been the Executive Chef at Sardella’s for the past 11 years. Kevin graduated from Rogers High in 1987 and participated in The Culinary Arts Program at the school.
Kevin started his culinary career at Barclay’s Restaurant in Newport at the age of 15. At Barclay’s, he apprenticed with Master Chef Helmut Eckart and became Helmut’s Sous Chef at the age of 17.
In 1987, Kevin accepted the Head Chef position at Sardella’s. At that time, Kevin was the youngest Head Chef in Rhode Island at the age of 18 and held the position for 5 years.
Upon leaving Sardella’s, Kevin was the Head Chef of The Classic Restaurant in North Providence and The Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln before returning to Sardella’s in 1997.
During his tenure at Sardella’s, the restaurant has received numerous awards as “Best Italian Restaurant” from R.I. Monthly and Newport Life Magazines. Kevin has been a featured guest on “ Dining Out” with Bruce Newbury and “T.V. maitre D’” with Joe Zito.
Kevin resides in Portsmouth with his wife Amy and their two children, Ella and Jack.