Growing up in Michigan, a native of the Detroit suburbs, Ryan spent a lot of time cooking with his grandparents learning baking, grilling and pierogi making skills. Ryan obtained a culinary arts degree and soon left for Maui to further his career. Ryan honed his skills in the nations top kitchens working under acclaimed chefs such as Michael Mina, Charlie Palmer, Wolfgang Puck, and Bradley Ogden. Ryan has been in Los Angeles now for over a decade, serving as Executive Chef of premier restaurants like XIV and the Churchkey.
Growing up eating square pan pizza like Jet’s every weekend, Ryan has now created his chef-driven premium version of the Detroit style pizza that has become Dtown Pizzeria. Ryan and Dtown Pizzeria were recognized in the 2021 International Pizza Competition in Las Vegas winning 1st place and World Champion in the pan division.