Yesterday the Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residence Toronto invited esteemed guests to the sales centre to celebrate and introduce the official chefs of the complex.
Chef Rainer Zinngrebe (above left) joins the Toronto team as the Director of Food & Beverage and Culinary. He comes from the Ritz-Carlton Cancun (welcome to winter!) where he oversaw the property’s two 5-diamond restaurants.
Chef Tom Brodi joins the team as Chef de Cuisine. He is a Toronto native with a strong desire to promote authentic, seasonal sustainable ingredients. He has worked at Canoe amongst other fine restaurants and has appeared on several television programs including the Food Network’s “Cook Like a Chef”
They served the following:
Spiced Bison Tartar
B.C. Dungeness Crab Ceviche
Cream of Lobster Cappuccino
Texel Lamb Slider (people still do sliders?)
Yarmouth Lobster a la King
Cheese selection from the Cheese Boutique
In addition, a selection of wines were presented and poured by the owner of Flatrock Winery. They served sparkling, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir.
Seamus O’Regan, David Rocco, newly appointed Editor of FASHION Magazine Bernadette Morra, Raymond Girard Publisher of EnRoute magazine, socialite Catherine Nugent and other notable chefs and guests were in attendance.
This event was part of the kick off to the opening of the complex slated for Early 2011.
As I quietly exited, the speeches were nearly finished. I did overhear “The Ritz is within walking distance of offices on Bay Street, world-famous restaurants, the subway…” I quietly thought to myself, yes, the people buying $3 million residences are sure to take the subway. However, I was put in my place later that evening while talking with a friend. She mentioned that her parents had looked at them and the proximity to the subway was a big deal. I stand corrected.
Photo credit: Phil Birnbaum – www.philbirnbaum.ca