Culinary Team

Ricky Ade

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Born in Newport News, VA, Ricky fell in love with all things restaurant related when his high school had a student-run restaurant as a senior. After college, Ricky worked in his father’s restaurant (among others) in St Thomas USVI for over 5 years. Ricky joined Hootch & Banter as Executive Chef in December 2022 and previously worked at Summerhouse in North Bethesda and Firebirds in Leesburg.

Jeff Naylor

HEAD BARTENDER

Jeff ‘BITTER BAR’ Naylor is a Frederick native who has been working on Market Street for many years. He specializes in taking classic cocktails and giving them his very own personal twist. Jeff, a true master mixologist, has been with Hootch & Banter since the beginning and has transformed his 10 seats at his bar into a unique experience.

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Ricky Ade

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Born in Newport News, VA, Ricky fell in love with all things restaurant related when his high school had a student-run restaurant as a senior. After college, Ricky worked in his father’s restaurant (among others) in St Thomas USVI for over 5 years. Ricky joined Hootch & Banter as Executive Chef in December 2022 and previously worked at Summerhouse in North Bethesda and Firebirds in Leesburg.

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Jeff Naylor

HEAD BARTENDER

Jeff ‘BITTER BAR’ Naylor is a Frederick native who has been working on Market Street for many years. He specializes in taking classic cocktails and giving them his very own personal twist. Jeff, a true master mixologist, has been with Hootch & Banter since the beginning and has transformed his 10 seats at his bar into a unique experience.