Federico Castellucci III is the President and CEO of Castellucci Hospitality Group. Federico has been working in the restaurant business his entire life, holding his first job as an eleven year old in a bakery in Rhode Island. Soon after, as a teenager, he began working in the family business holding various roles in the kitchen including cook and kitchen manager before heading to college.
Federico studied Hospitality Management at Cornell University, and while away he partnered with his father and consulted on new restaurant openings for his family back home in Atlanta. Upon graduation, he assumed the reigns of the family business, and since 2007, changed the direction of the company from a single unit mom and pop operation to a multi-unit multi-concept restaurant group.
As President and CEO, Federico is responsible for high level operations and leadership development and training. In addition, he makes all of the company’s growth decisions—where and how to expand, as well as concept research and origination. Federico is focused on building and implementing systems across the restaurant group that streamline operations and improve communication. While working on the business takes most of his daytime focus, Federico spends time in the restaurants during the evening hours building customer relationships and developing employee talent.
In addition to his roles within the company, Federico serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Restaurant Association and is actively involved as a mentor, advisor and investor in early stage hospitality technology companies.
Fun Fact: In his free time, he enjoys regular yoga practice, discovering new independent musicians and having daddy-daughter dates with his baby girl Olivia.
With more than 20 years of experience working with premier restaurants, hotels and private clubs across the country, Leigh Ann Miller brings wine expertise, creativity and leadership to her role as General Manager at The Iberian Pig.
Born in Palm Beach, FL., Leigh Ann grew up with a fond appreciation for the arts, particularly music. After attending Palm Beach County School of the Arts, she performed classically and with major recording artists such as Clarence Clemons and Wynton Marsalis. While pursuing her love of music, she found a second love for the hospitality industry and studied under well-known wine industry pioneers and master sommeliers in California, Florida and Europe, before finishing her continued education at Cornell University.
In 2010, Leigh Ann joined Castellucci Hospitality Group and became General Manager at The Iberian Pig. Over the last nine years with the restaurant group, she has strived to make her work environment feel like a second home for her team. Her innate passion for people drives her in leading fellow teammates to realize their potential.
John received his culinary education from the Culinary Institute of America and also received a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. From an early age John was inspired to cook and after completing his dual collegiate programs decided to pursue and develop his culinary talent. As a chef, John has learned from some of the best in the world and has been inspired by the time he spent in the critically acclaimed kitchens of RN74 in San Francisco, WD50 in New York City and Michelin-star Restaurant Arzak in San Sebastian.
Since relocating back to Atlanta, John has worked directing the culinary operations of his family’s business. After working in the kitchen at Double Zero’s original location in Sandy Springs, he helped conceptualize the Basque-inspired menu at Cooks & Soldiers when it opened in West Midtown in November 2014. After two years as Executive Sous Chef at the restaurant, John helped re-develop the menu at Double Zero, which relocated to Emory Village in September 2016, and stayed on the team as Executive Sous Chef until the summer of 2017. Currently, as Executive Chef John is overseeing the menu and all kitchen operations at our restaurant group’s newest concept, Bar Mercado.
Fun Fact: John is an avid Atlanta sports fan and an independent coffee shop junkie.