From his beginnings at the well-known Leon's on the West Side to his catering, Chef Bill Andrews is known for his distinctive dishes and his pleasant service.
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Chef Bill Andrews; Leon's, Barrington

About Chef Bill Andrews

If you are from Rhode Island, or worked in or near Providence, then you probably remember one of Federal Hill’s most popular Mediterranean bistros of all time: Leon’s On The West Side. After 21 years as owner and head chef, Bill Andrews closed Leon’s in 2001 to pursue his personal catering and music career. Later, he opened Caspita Mediterranean cafe in Exeter, RI and served as Chef Consultant for several well known restaurants. Chef Bill is known for bringing together his creative twists, and fondness for old-school diner food to create his eclectic mixtures of American, Mediterranean, Italian, Asian, and Tex–Mex cuisine. “I cut my teeth working at my dad’s New York System Diner when I was a just teenager. I learned a lot about skills that I’d later use, like basic meat-cutting, short-order grill skills, and the importance of building relationships with customers,” says Chef Bill Andrews. “My dad was like a diplomat. He sat and talked to customers – and they kept coming back.” Bill also worked side by side with his mom, an old-school Italian who made, as Bill calls it, “The best darn soup I’d ever had.” From there, Chef Bill went on to earn his degree in Culinary Arts from Rhode Island School of Design. The rest, as they say, is history. Now, he has opened Leon’s Café & Catering, a friendly, local café, nestled in the quaint town of Barrington, in the heart of the East Bay. Besides his love of cooking, Bill loves music. He is a professional drummer & percussionist . His wife, Mary, is a professional singer. All three of his sons are musicians as well.


2000 Best Casual Brunch in Rhode Island – Meredith Ford/Providence Journal

1999-2000 Rhode Island Monthly Magazine – Best of Rhode Island: Best a la carte Breakfast/Brunch

$1,000 Cash Award/2nd Place Tie – Recipe Contest using Sardinian Pecorino Romano Cheese

1997 Best Appetizer Course – Men Who Cook Festival

People’s Choice Award – Think Squid Festival, Best Squid Entree

Best Casual Weekend Brunch – Channel 6 Viewer Poll

1994 Silver Fork Award – “Keep Providence Beautiful Pasta Challenge,” Judges Award for Best Pasta (Mediterranean Chicken Sauce over Linguine)

Best Sandwich (Leon’s Reuben) – Rhode Island Monthly

1991-1995 Best a la carte Breakfast/Brunch – Rhode Island Monthly Magazine Reader Poll

1991 Three Stars – Rhode Island Monthly Restaurant Review

1988 “Must Visit Restaurants in 50 Cities” – Food Critic Donna Lee/Providence Journal

1987, 1988 Winner – “Keep Providence Beautiful Pasta” Challenge (Best Cream Sauce Category)

1986 Best French Toast – Providence Phoenix Reader Poll