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Jacob Jasinski
Executive Chef
Sails’ Executive Chef Jacob Jasinski’s name may ring a bell for well-heeled New England snowbirds: his reputation as one of its region’s most innovative seafood chefs prevailed during his tenure as top toque at Seasons, the acclaimed restaurant at Ocean House in Westerly, RI, where he reimagined its cuisine, elevating this landmark Relais & Chateaux property’s fine-dining venue to a 2017 Forbes Five-Star award winner - the state’s first and only earning this distinction. Chef Jacob’s achievements also merited a coveted spot on Condé Nast Traveler's 2017 Gold List. Adamant and passionate about working with the best ingredients, Chef...
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William Rietzel III
Chef de Cuisine
William Rietzel III  is Sails Restaurant ’s chef de cuisine, marking his third re-teaming of talent with the restaurant’s executive chef Jacob Jasinski, who nurtured Will’s demonstrable skills at their first mutual posting, Newport’s Castle Hill. When chef Jacob moved to the Westerly, RI Relais & Chateaux property Ocean House, Will was his first hire, initially as a line cook but earning a relatively quick promotion to sous chef. Together, their efforts elevated the luxurious inn’s fine-dining restaurant ranking from 4-stars to a coveted Forbes Five-Star award winner in January 2017. Will prioritizes continuing culinary education, striving to...
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Veljko Pavicevic
General Manager
Veljko Pavicevic is a multi-faceted entrepreneur with a hunger for success: in addition to his position as co-founder and GM of Sails Restaurant (opening December 2017), he is an in-demand hospitality consultant whose expertise lies in improving bottom-line results through staff motivation, teaching hoteliers and restaurateurs techniques of heightening customer satisfaction via superior service. Warm hospitality is part of Veljko's disposition: he grew up in Serbia, renowned by many a travel writer as the "Land of Hospitality", a very social culture whose residents often aspire to open restaurants as a personal showcase of welcoming ambiance complemented with an abundance of...
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Corinne Ryan
Director of Operations
Corinne Ryan’s expertise lies in the lesser-known realm of restaurant reality: she is among a handful of the world’s top food brokers, one of the trading industry’s few women atop this field which requires incorporating hospitality to build and maintain professional relationships. She is also a visionary creator and producer behind several of her industry’s most prestigious events, most notably, a still-spoken-about race around Auckland (NZ) Harbor featuring a select fleet of America’s Cup yachts, followed by a celebratory feast of fine food and wine. What does this mean for Sails' guests? Corinne’s connections to the best local, national and...
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