TORONTO — The big brass of Toronto’s new Ritz Carlton, which is scheduled to open later this year, announced two culinary appointments. Rainer Zinngrebe will be the director of Food & Beverage and Culinary, and Tom Brodi will take on the role of chef de cuisine at the hotel’s feature restaurant.
“We are thrilled to welcome these culinary leaders to our world-class team at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto,” said Tim Terceira, general manager. “Rainer’s global experience, paired with Tom’s local expertise, will provide us with the right combination to offer the award-winning cuisine and exemplary service that guests have come to expect from Ritz-Carlton.”
Rainer joins the Toronto team from The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun where he spent seven years as the executive chef, developing the Ritz-Carlton Culinary Centre and overseeing operation of the property’s two five-diamond restaurants and banquet services. Prior to joining Ritz-Carlton, Rainer held senior positions with luxury hotels and resorts around the globe, including the Fullerton in Singapore and The Mandarin Oriental in Kuala Lumpur.
As chef de cuisine of the feature restaurant, Brodi will draw on his farm-to-table philosophy and strong relationships with suppliers from coast-to-coast to create a menu that incorporates seasonal and sustainable ingredients.
A Toronto native, Brodi was the chef de cuisine at the award-winning Canoe Restaurant and Bar since 2004. He’s also worked at North 44 and Vaughan Estates in Toronto, as well as New York’s famed Gramercy Tavern.