Eric Lilavois is the founder of Little Gem. He began his restaurant career with acclaimed restaurateur, Steve Hanson, at the onset of expansion with BR Guest Hospitality in New York. Eric went on to lead operations for some of the country's most original and accomplished chefs including Larry Forgione and Jonathan Waxman. From 2004-2007, Eric was Director of Operations for Thomas Keller in New York. He then moved to Northern California and served as Chief Operating Officer for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group from 2007-2014.