Riley Huddleston is executive chef partner at Lido House in Newport Beach, Calif. Huddleston brings a decade of culinary experience to Lido House, where he drives all three of the hotel’s food and beverage concepts: The Mayor’s Table—a chef and ingredient-driven restaurant, Topside rooftop bar and lounge and Crew Coffee + Cremerie.
The 33-year-old chef earned his chops as a chef, mixologist, pastry chef and restaurateur in New York and Chicago, having served not only as executive chef, but also as beverage director on the opening team at LondonHouse Chicago, a luxury Chicago hotel in the stunningly renovated London Guarantee Building. Huddleston also created the menu and kitchen cocktail program as executive chef for I|O Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, the city’s largest indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge. He also mixed it up at the Aviary, crafting drinks for Grant Achatz’s famed cocktail concept.
Huddleston is known for elevating fare with provenance as the starring ingredient. His culinary style blends classic French training with modern technique. At Lido House, he brings precision and playfulness to a sustainable seafood-focused menu that fittingly take cues from the hotel’s enviable waterfront in Newport Beach, offering a refined yet stylish celebration of Southern California’s coastal lifestyle and cuisine.