Multiconcept operator Russo’s Restaurants appointed Vincenzo Lavecchia to serve as corporate chef. In his new role Lavecchia will lead menu expansion, staff development and more. Russos-Restaurants-Vincenzo-Lavecchia-as-Corporate-ChefVincenzo Lavecchia

The new corporate chef will spend time at every Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen location training managers on proper food preparation and culinary techniques, according to a release announcing his hiring.

A two-time world champion pizza maker and a three-time United Arab Emirates pizza champion, Lavecchia’s culinary background includes more than six years’ experience working as a head chef at Eataly and Ronda Locatelli in Dubai.