Five Crowns and SideDoor Announce Hiring of New Executive Chef


Member of Lawry’s family of restaurants, Five Crowns in Newport Beach, and its sister restaurant, the English-style gastropub SideDoor, has recently announced the hiring of their new executive chef Greg Harrison. Harrison is taking over for Ryan O’Melveny Wilson, who will continue to serve as the executive chef for Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc.

Harrison’s hometown is Los Angeles, and he is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu. He has formerly worked with Chef Roy Yamaguchi in Maui; with Chefs Fabio Trabocchi, Michael White, and Michael Mina at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas; and at Morimoto in Napa. His culinary experience and travels have reflected his personal mantra: “To learn, to live, to love, and to leave a legacy.”

“We are thrilled to have Chef Greg Harrison and his amazing team lead Five Crowns and SideDoor,” says Wilson, who also represents the fourth generation of the Frank and Van de Kamp families to be active at Lawry’s Restaurants. “Greg has the passion, skills, and vision to further Five Crowns’ role as one of Orange County’s best restaurants.”

The team Wilson is referring to includes sous chef Steve Kling, who has worked in the kitchens of Mark Peel, Katsuo Nagasawa, and Thomas Keller and junior sous chef David Moldovan, previously at Sundried Tomato American Bistro in San Clemente.

Visit Five Crowns to see the recently renovated historic landmark, with food made from the best organic ingredients selected from local farmers markets. For more information, or to make a reservation, visit the restaurants’ website.

Posted by Melanie Figueroa