World Class Chefs

Tiverton Casino Hotel features some of the finest chefs in the New England area.


Joe Cozza

Executive Chef, Tiverton Casino Hotel

Joe was born and raised in Malden, MA and attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI where he received his degree in Culinary Arts while maintaining Dean’s List status. Joe started his career as a line Chef at Christopher’s on the Hill and The Biltmore Providence. He then accepted the position of Restaurant Chef at Al Dente, a fine dining Italian restaurant at Foxwoods Resort Casino. While at Foxwoods, Joe was instrumental in the grand openings of seven separate restaurants.

After 10 years, he returned to the Ocean State to join the Twin River Team as the opening Restaurant Chef of Carmine’s Italian restaurant; he was also the Chef of Fado Irish Pub, and, finally, Wicked Good Bar & Grill. Joe has appeared on the Providence Rhode Show, TV Maître D’ and the Phantom Gourmet. He has been recognized numerous times for excellence in service and dining. Joe brings with him a wealth of knowledge with over 20 years of culinary and leadership experience.

Chef Shawn Thomas

Restaurant Chef

Shawn Thomas joins the food and beverage team at Tiverton Casino Hotel as a Restaurant Chef. He served in a similar capacity as the Chef/Food and Beverage Manager at The Grand Grill, Newport Grand Casino from 2012-2018.

A native Rhode Islander, he left briefly in 2008 to join The Horseradish Grill in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA as Restaurant Chef where he was fortunate enough to work under the James Beard award Rising Star Chef, Dave Berry, in upscale traditional southern cuisine where the food is often cooked slow and with many bold flavors from the heart and soul. It was there that he honed his skills in growing and using fresh vegetables to enhance the flavors of the dishes in a healthy way. Shawn also served as the Master Cook and Sous Chef at Cedars Steak House and Al Dente at Foxwoods Resort Casino from 1997-2008.

His passion for cooking is matched only by his love of travel, from which he draws inspiration for his food preparation, and his dog, Remington.