Chef Features - 2017Cayman attracts chefs of international repute to its shores year after year. Here are profiles of some of the best resident chefs on the Island. Make sure you pay them a visit to sample their specialties!
Chef Carlos Contreras
from Bogotá, Columbia, Carlos Contreras is a graduate of the Guild of
Master Confectioners and Pastry School in Valencia, and the Sergio
Arboleda University in Bogotá. He also holds a master’s degree in
culinary management from the School of Hotel and Tourism in Valencia. He
has worked for some ofthe world’s leading hospitality companies and is a
member of the World Gourmet Society and the World Food Travel
Association. He comes to the Howard Hospitality Grop (HHG) as Executive
Chef where he will oversee HHG’s culinary team, catering and banquet
services, and numerous dining outlets including the global steakhouse
YARA, a signature HHG concept that will make its debut at the new
Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman.
Chef Michael Leonhardt
is driven and ambitious, strong-willed and creative. He doesn’t shy
away from a challenge! For example, he actually enjoys the challenge of
preparing meals for customers with food allergies. Originally from
Denmark, he has accumulated an eclectic mixture of skills as well as a
passion for different types of European cuisine. He worked in France
without pay because he felt that the reward of learning how to cook, was
worth more than a salary. Michael sees food as artistry and carefully
considers the placement of everything on his plates. He also maintains a
distinct respect for traditional comfort food..
Chef Gippy & Chef Jeson
Chef Gippy and Chef Jeson were born and raised in Jamaica and that is
where their passion for cooking began. In both cases it was family who
inspired them to cook. Chef Gippy’s father was a chef and he took the
young 12 year old under his wing teaching him how to cook chicken curry
and other traditional Jamaican dishes. It was the women in Chef Jeson’s
family that inspired him to cook, and ever since starting work at
Scotchies, a well-known jerk restaurant in Kingston, Jamaica, he has
never looked back. Both are now chefs at Peppers and they love preparing
traditional jerk chicken, pork and other local favourites each day for
the busy and very popular restaurant that they now call home.
Chef Roman Kleinrath
from Austria, Chef Roman Kleinrath started his culinary career in
Vienna where he worked for three of the city’s finest restaurants: Hotel
Im Palais Schwarzenberg which is owned by a Czech duke, Restaurant
Korso, a Michelin star restaurant, and Restaurant Ambassador. He then
spent a year in Western Australia working in the highly acclaimed Modo
Mio Italian Restaurant where he learned to combine all his styles of
cooking - Austrian, Asian, Caribbean, Peruvian and most of all Italian.
He loves being a chef in the Cayman Islands, where he can go fishing on
his day off, and then prepare the fish in the restaurant the next day
knowing that the fish could not be fresher.