OLIVER J.C. WHARTON
Founder, A Perfect Bite, Inc.
Oliver Wharton was born and raised in the culinary wonderland of Manhattan. After graduating from the esteemed Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, he worked abroad in Italy and with several of the U.K.’s finest chefs. He was a part of the critically acclaimed team at Jean-Georges in New York City that earned a coveted four-star review from The New York Times followed by a stint as general manager of the celebrated Vong restaurant in London. Wharton was then tapped for the Director of Restaurant Operations position at Michael Mina’s Aqua Development Corporation, where he oversaw the launch and execution of several new concepts in California and Las Vegas.
Wharton established A Perfect Bite, Inc., a restaurant management company, in 2002 with a clientele that included MGM, St. Regis, Marriott International, and Mina Group. He followed with a consulting position for The Light Group in 2004, directing the conceptual development of some of Las Vegas’ most popular dining destinations, and has been sought out by some of the world’s most renowned chefs including Michael Mina and José Andrés.
Wharton is currently collaborating with San Francisco-based chef Chris Cosentino; following their successful debut of Cockscomb restaurant, the duo recently embarked on a dynamic period of growth with new projects – Las Alcobas in Napa Valley and the Duniway Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Additionally, Wharton is overseeing new development and implementation of restaurants at the landmark Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas to include David Chang’s Momofuku and Milk Bar in addition to Zuma and Los Angeles’ media darling Eggslut. Oliver’s invaluable knowledge and global background serve him well as he continues to craft compelling dining experiences in Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York and Napa Valley.