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Restaurant Team

VIP Treatment is standard at OCEAN PRIME.

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service. Our team members are “great people delivering genuine hospitality,” and it’s no accident that we put “people” first in our company motto. Heartfelt hospitality is our key to the consistently exceptional service you can expect at OCEAN PRIME. Our team will do everything possible to ensure our guests have a truly amazing experience.

Executive Chef Ryan Finnegan

Executive Chef
Ryan Finnegan

Chef Ryan Finnegan brings more than 18 years of industry experience to the Ocean Prime kitchen. Originally from Ohio, he worked in a variety of restaurants starting at a young age - from server to manager to line cook - and quickly became interested in cooking and hospitality, eventually deciding to become a professional chef.  

Ryan and his wife moved to Denver several years ago, and he spent time working at another prominent local steakhouse before joining the team at Ocean Prime DTC as Executive Sous Chef. When the opportunity presented itself, he jumped at the chance to join a company that puts its people first. He believes the company’s culture creates a unique atmosphere where quality permeates everything, especially the food. With his passion for the finest ingredients and attention to detail, Finnegan’s philosophy in the kitchen is sure to resonate with Ocean Prime DTC’s growing clientele, and anyone who appreciates a first-class culinary experience.

Outside the kitchen, Finnegan is a family man and loves spending time with his daughter,  enjoying lazy family days and movie nights with his wife.

General Manager John Witmer

General Manager
John Witmer

John Witmer has been with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants since 2013 starting his career at Ocean Prime Denver on Larimer Square and won Dining Room Manager of the year in 2019. He has worked in Philadelphia, helped open our NYC, DC, and DTC store, where he currently is the General Manager. Although growing up in Zanesville, Ohio and studying at the University of Vermont, the mountains were always calling. John moved to Breckenridge, Colorado in 1998 where he began his career in the hospitality industry. John firmly believes that the best thing about working in this industry is the social aspect and that it affords you a great lifestyle.

John says the best part about working for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and Ocean Prime is that there is unlimited potential. For anyone considering a career in the hospitality industry he advises that you should always be learning and throughout all of his years in the industry, the greatest lesson he has learned is to have empathy.

When he’s not at work he enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, long walks with his two dogs, and spending quality time with his wife Erin, a current associate at our Ocean Prime on Larimer Square.

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Sales & Event Manager
Alex Knudsen

Alex began her career at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) in 2014 at Ocean Prime Larimer Square where she stayed until 2016. Alex joined the CMR family after numerous years of experience in the restaurant industry. Alex’s love for the industry sparked when she began working at a family friend’s restaurant while in high school, and she has stayed in the industry ever since!

Alex’s favorite thing about CMR is the culture and sense of family which led her to return to Ocean Prime at our Denver Tech Center location, where she was a member of our opening team in 2018. If Alex could give advice to anyone interested in pursuing a career in restaurants and hospitality, it would be to always have a positive attitude and a big smile.

Outside of work, you can find Alex attending concerts, hiking, traveling, or spending time with her daughter.

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