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 Vladimir Trivunovic
Chef Vladimir Trivunovic brings more than eight years of culinary experience to his new role as executive chef at Ocean Prime Naples. Since the restaurant’s opening in 2016, Trivunovic served as executive sous chef, preparing Ocean Prime’s decadent dishes and delivering signature genuine hospitality to its loyal guests, before taking on the role of executive chef in November 2018.
Born and raised in Serbia, Trivunovic’s dream was to one day become a front-of-house manager, completing his secondary education with a focus in tourism and hospitality. He shifted his career goals after accepting a position in a hotel kitchen and completing a culinary arts degree at the University of Novi Sad. His skills continued to advance while working as a sous chef in Serbia. With his degree in hand and professional cooking experience under his belt, Trivunovic relocated to the United States to advance his career as a chef. Since moving to Southwest Florida, Trivunovic continued to passionately strive to reach his goal of excelling in the culinary industry, gaining experience in country clubs, hotels, and restaurants, including Avenue 5, the local fine-dining concept that previously occupied the current Ocean Prime location next to Inn on Fifth.
His favorite Ocean Prime dish to prepare is the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli, and when he’s not at the restaurant, he doesn’t stray far from the kitchen. Even in his free time, Trivunovic can be found indulging in the art of preparing food, as he loves to watch cooking shows.
General Manager Rick Giannasi
Like many actors, Rick Giannasi worked in the restaurant industry while pursuing his acting career. While living in New York City, Giannasi performed in soap operas, off-Broadway performances, then eventually owned his own bar in the popular SoHo district. Eventually, he moved to Los Angeles, then later to Detroit, where he continued to work in the restaurant industry while pursuing acting. It was in Detroit where Giannasi was first introduced to Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and its reputation for high-quality food and VIP service.
Shortly after moving to Florida with his family in 2007, Giannasi joined Ocean Prime Orlando as a mixologist bringing more than 25 years of restaurant experience to the role. As a bar chef, Giannasi was inspired by culinary passion, often collaborating with kitchen chefs and always using fresh ingredients. Well-known for his creativity behind the bar, his cocktails stole the show, and he created numerous Ocean Prime cocktails, including guest-favorites, the Blood Orange Old Fashioned and The Derby Tea. His Lemon Caliente, a frozen, spicy drink, even won first prize at a popular Florida festival.
As Giannasi’s expertise and engagement in all-things cocktail and cuisine grew, he attended management training at the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. As a corporate bar trainer, Giannasi established beverage operations, and hired and trained bar staff for several new Ocean Prime locations around the country.
Giannasi is proud to be among the 75 percent of employees who are promoted from within Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. After spending eight years at Ocean Prime in Orlando and supporting operations for new restaurants, Giannasi was named General Manager of Ocean Prime in Naples, where he is responsible for daily dining operations and associate recruitment.
Always the party host with a true passion for hospitality, Giannasi’s goal is to make guests feel welcome, to connect with his guests, and to provide them with the most memorable experience possible.
Sales & Event Coordinator Danielle Fortunato
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