Montecasino’s new executive chef oversees the food and beverage offering of company owned restaurants on the premier entertainment precint.
Rylan Ramsamy opted for a career as a chef in 2006 when he was studying Operations and Production Management at Durban’s University of Technology and has wasted no time gaining extensive experience in South Africa as well as travelling abroad to Australia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia which is essentially where the idea for 3SIXTY° Liquid Lounge originated from.
He has a Diploma in Culinary Arts from the City & Guilds Institution and a Chef Central Australian Certificate 3 in Hospitality Commercial Cookery, as well as other courses including a Capsicum Culinary Studio Professional Chef Diploma and a South African Cape Wine Academy Course Certificate.
Ramsamy has been with Tsogo Sun since 2011 when he joined Southern Sun Grayston in Sandton as a Senior Sous chef, before moving across to Montecasino.
In his position overseeing Montecasino’s finest restaurants, Ramsamy says each of them has their own unique food offering that caters for a different market. “A typical day for me involves putting on a different cap as I walk into the next restaurant and adapting to the food offering and the market that specific restaurant caters for.”
The recently revamped @Monte Restaurant on the Piazza, Cobblestone Pub, Billy G Buffet Restaurant, and Montecasino’s newest offering – 3SIXTY° Liquid Lounge on the casino floor, which has a wide food offering varying from fine dining to bistro fare – with a focus on African and Asian cuisine. Also included on the 3SIXTY° menu are several ‘design it yourself’ options such as building a plate of meze from a selection, or a cheese platter, as well as platters for sharing such as sushi, dim sum basket, meze, cheeses, mini burgers, gourmet nibbles, and more, for groups or even couples who enjoy the growing trend for sharing smaller tasting portions of different dishes.
Executive chef Rylan Ramsamy and unit head chef Vaughan Assam have taken 3SIXTY° Liquid Lounge to the era of the first interactive menu, presenting their one-of-a-kind food and beverage offering to guests on interactive Apple iPads.
“The idea is that people should be able to come back to Montecasino again and again, and have a different food and drink experience every time,” notes Ramsamy. 3SIXTY° opened in January this year and is doing exceptionally well, attracting Johannesburg’s foodies and socialites alike. Highlight’s in Ramsamy’s culinary career was hosting the Presidential Cabinet with the Trade an Investment Council in 2008 and being part of Bidvest World Chefs Tour against Hunger with Team Australia.
Ramsamy’s personal food philosophy is to “keep it fresh, clean and tasty – and not overly complicated, after all, I’m a chef not an architect”. His essential ingredients are fresh herbs, butter, fresh garlic, fresh ginger and chili and his top wild food combination is a fusion of classical and modern elements “with a touch of craziness”. His favourite food trends reflect his wide experience – Afro Asian and World Fusion.
Ramsamy brings his own flair to Montecasino’s restaurants and with an ambition that extends beyond his own career to his responsibilities in each restaurant; he intends making sure the food and drink menus throughout the complex are perfect for each market targeted. “Food is an extremely important element in Montecasino’s overall entertainment offering, which is designed to appeal to everyone across age groups and cultures. That’s what our food and drink offering must achieve as well – morning, noon, and night,” comments Ramsamy.
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