Eric Rivera


Years of Participation


Chef Eric utilizes simple dishes that focus on twists of distinctive ingredients and flavors that showcase seasonality and quality. Raised in Colorado, Eric’s appreciation for cuisine began at an early age by learning in both of his grandmothers’ kitchens. His career began as sous chef at the historic Marlowe’s Restaurant in Denver, where he also went on to serve as Executive Chef at Lala’s Wine Bar and Pizzeria. In Birmingham, Alabama he opened the Todd English P.U.B. as the Executive Sous Chef and later reopened the Historic Redmont Hotel. He joined Vintage Hospitality Group in Montgomery as Executive Chef at Vintage Year and opened its sister restaurant, Vintage Café. In 2021 Eric was a finalist for the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association's Best Chef Awards. Other accolades include national press recognition from PBS NewsHour, USA Today, New York Times, Forbes and Newsweek Magazines. Additionally, Chef Eric led Vintage Year to recognition by the James Beard Foundation as a Smart Catch Leader for its sustainable seafood sourcing as well as a grand prize winner of the Blended Burger Contest. Chef Eric has also led Vintage Year to be named one of OpenTable’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, a Traveler’s Choice winner by Trip Advisor as well as Montgomery Advertiser’s Best of the Best Romantic Restaurant. He is also a part of a culinary and arts exchange with Montgomery, Alabama’s sister city of Pietrasanta, Italy.