San Francisco 49ers and Levy Draft New “Kitchen QB” Chef Jon Severson to Lead Levi’s® Stadium Culinary Team
The San Francisco 49ers and Levy embarked on an expansive partnership at Levi’s Stadium in February, with a focus on enhanced hospitality and Bay Area flavors. Today, they announced that Jon Severson will lead the stadium’s culinary direction as senior executive chef. He will oversee all facets of menu development and dining operations across the stadium, from concourse concessions to clubs and suites, as well as catering non-gameday events and spaces.
Severson has served fans at many of the country’s top entertainment venues and world-class restaurants. He spent the past few years leading Seattle-based food startup The Skillet Group with acclaimed chef Josh Henderson.
“The Levy team is putting together a skilled culinary team here at Levi’s Stadium and we feel like we just signed the quarterback of our kitchen with the addition of an accomplished chef like Jon,” said Al Guido, 49ers President. “His broad experience, not just at major sporting venues but also in developing new restaurant concepts, make him uniquely qualified for how we want to enhance the food and beverage experience for guests at Levi’s Stadium.”
“Bringing the Bay Area’s vibrant flavors and hospitality to life for fans and guests starts with leadership and vision in the kitchen,” said Andy Lansing, President and CEO of Levy. “Jon started his career with us more than 20 years ago, and I‘ve been a big fan of his since. We’re thrilled to have him re-join our family. Both fans and team members will feel his presence from the start.”
“It’s impossible not to be inspired by the incredible culinary scene in the Bay Area, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to bring the best flavors of the region to Levi’s Stadium,” said Chef Severson. “The San Francisco 49ers organization is fortunate to have truly incredible fans, and we’re going to match their dedication with an equally ambitious approach to dining.”
Prior to his time at The Skillet Group, Severson spent nearly 20 years in senior culinary positions at top NFL, NBA and NHL venues across the Midwest and West Coast. He began his career at Chicago’s famed Spiaggia, known for its acclaimed chefs, including Tony Mantuano and recent Top Chef winner Joe Flamm.
One of Severson’s first charges will be selecting from the Bay Area’s wealth of culinary talent to build out the growing Levi’s Stadium hospitality team. Those interested in applying can contact HRSanFranBay@levyrestaurants.com or visit www.WorkAtLevy.com. Levy will welcome all applicants and is required by contract and by the City of Santa Clara worker retention ordinance to hire existing employees.