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Chris Ricchi
a.k.a. (also known as)
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Dr. Paul Stern, Chris Ricchi, Sarah Walton, and William Walton, president of NSO Board at the National Symphony Orchestra's 2008 Opening Ball in Washington DC.
Biography
Chris Ricchi is the chef and owner of I Ricchi, a Washington, DC restaurant favored by Washington power brokers.

Education:
Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1973 from the College of New Rochelle and the Universita Internazionale D'Arte of Florence, Italy, where she remained to continue her studies in the visual as well as culinary arts.

Personal:
Divorced from Francesco Ricchi, chef-owner of Washington DC restaurant Etrusco
Two children

Background:
At eighteen, traveled to Florence to study art. Soon focused on cooking. Met her husband Francesco Ricchi while working at his family's trattoria near Florence. She and her husband ran Trattoria i Ricchi for eighteen years. Opened Ristorante i Ricchi in Washington, D.C. in 1989. She continues to develop related investments in the food and beverage industry as Executive President of Products Italia Marketing and Management Company and through her management of both Mid-Atlantic Wholesale Distributors, Inc. and the franchise development company, i Ricchi International.
Affiliations/Honors/Awards

Ms. Ricchi received the Insegna Del Ristorante Italiano from the President of Italy, Luigi Scalfaro, for establishing one of the best Italian restaurants in the world outside of Italy.

She is also the recipient of the Piero Bargellini Award of Excellence, given by the city of Florence for her accomplishments in the revitalization and advancement of Italian culture in the United States.

She was recently named a Woman Power Player by Nation's Restaurant News and 2002 Hospitality Ambassador of Washington, D.C. by the Metropolitan Restaurant Association and the Washington Post.

She has served on both the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association as well as on the Board of its Educational Foundation. She has most recently been active as a spokesperson for the Association on Capitol Hill, having given statements on behalf of the restaurant industry at numerous Congressional committees and at the White House.

She is also on the Board of Directors of the Riverview School, a secondary school for learning disabled adolescents in East Sandwich, Massachusetts, and that of the College of New Rochelle.

A member of the Distinguished Restaurants of North America Board of Directors since 1992, she was Chairman of the 1993 annual conference in Washington D.C. She then served as both Secretary and Vice-Chair before becoming Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 1998.

Media Coverage
Connections
1.Paul Stern
2.Sarah Walton
3.William Walton
Internal Links
1.Image Gallery: National Symphony Orchestra 2008 Opening Ball
External Links
www.iricchi.net
www.christiannericchi.com
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