Tim Russo – Head Chef
Tim was born and raised in Worcester, MA where he attended Worcester Vocational High School as a culinary arts student. He participated in numerous cooking competitions placing first in the skills USA V.I.C.A. state championship and represented Massachusetts in the national competition. He received his Associates of Science in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University.
His work experience includes a variety of restaurants in the Worcester area, most recent Volturno and The Armsby Abbey. He has also worked at several restaurants in Providence, RI and Nantucket Island.
As a Chef, Tim’s goal expose his customers to exciting ingredients and unique cooking techniques discovered throughout his career. This has been a deep-rooted passion since an early age. Tim was a very adventurous eater and always tried to encourage others to do the same. Through this exposure, he hopes to elevate the expectation for quality dining in the Worcester area.
Tim feels his biggest accomplishment and proudest moment was when he competed in the Worcester’s Best Chef Competition where he won 1st place Judge’s Choice, 2nd place People’s Choice, and was named Worcester’s overall Best Chef 2015!
Tommy Studer – Operations Manager
Growing up in Vernon New Jersey, Tommy was quick to learn that you had to work hard and always do your best in order to achieve your dreams.
From the age of 15 he worked his way through the ranks until at age 21 when he got his first job managing. The saying in restaurants is you should always work your way from the bottom up and Tommy couldn’t agree more. Grateful to be given so many experiences at a young age, particularly a critical stint in East Hampton, New York, Tommy understands what it takes to utilize every piece of the restaurant.
Tommy graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelors Degree in Food and Beverage Management. Following college, he remained in New England as a General Manager in Rhode Island, gaining knowledge, which turned out instrumental in finding his way to Worcester to join the Lock 50 Team.
Through various groups such as The United States Bartender’s Guild (USBG) and Rhode Island Hospitality Association, as well as never ending self-education, Tommy has developed a robust knowledge of spirits, cocktails, beer, wine and management techniques that he is excited to bring to Lock 50.
Jill Witkowski – Assistant Manager / Event Manager
Born and raised in Leicester Ma, Jill has worked up the ranks at Lock 50 after starting with the restaurant from opening in 2016. She has over 6 years of restaurant experience throughout the Worcester Area.