Vancouver Island’s Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour welcomes home Executive Chef David Roger after an assignment at the Riyadh Marriott in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During his three week Middle Eastern experience, he launched the hotel’s new steakhouse, the Terrace Grill. The call went out across all Marriott Canada properties for a talented chef to open the hotel’s restaurant and Chef Roger rose to the challenge. While in the region, he mentored the Riyadh Marriott’s culinary team and directed the restaurant’s Taste of Canada festival, focused on bringing Canadian cuisine to the desert in association with Riyadh’s Canadian Embassy.
“Chef Roger’s new found recognition has elevated our reputation with his renowned cooking style and has demonstrated that Canadian fare is mouthwatering, delicious and gratefully appreciated in Riyadh,” said Francis Mairet, General Manager, Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour. “This rare opportunity to share culinary delights in Saudi Arabia has proven once again that Chef Roger is a world-class chef and we are all very proud of his achievements,” added the GM.
Thomas MacDonald, Canadian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony that launched the restaurant along with dignitaries from the United States, Europe and the Middle East. The Canadian Ambassador was so impressed with Roger’s work that he wrote a letter of commendation to the Chef.
At home at Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour’s Fire & Water Fish and Chop House, Chef Roger continues to bring his craft to the forefront having been included in enRoute’s annual best of Canada list. The prime rib (pictured below), bathed in cognac brine and a secret spice rub for 24 hours, has been recognized as the best carnivorous indulgence on the island. His extensive knowledge of beef, specializing in rib and Angus cuts, makes Fire & Water a go-to destination in Victoria.
photo credit: Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
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