Bobby Ross recently returned to Wyndham Hotels of Galveston to serve as executive chef of The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel. He has nearly 15 years of professional experience in culinary arts and food service ranging from serving 10,000 hot meals in Iraq to the fast-paced service of popular restaurants in Galveston, Kemah and Houston. During the past two years, he worked as the executive sous chef at Hotel Galvez & Spa® and The Tremont House, and is now taking the top chef role at The Tremont House.
Ross was born in South Korea and moved to the US at the age of 15. He became interested in the culinary field after taking a job at Landry’s Seafood House in 2004 and working for Chef James Lundy. But his role model for cooking has always been his mother, Sue Ross. “She always prepared every meal from scratch with the freshest ingredients and purchased from the local market,” he says. “She always taught me that food brings people closer.”
During his professional career, Ross worked as executive chef at Fish Tales in Galveston, sous chef at Babin’s Seafood in Kemah, kitchen manager at Landry’s Seafood House and Jimmy Walker’s Room in Kemah, and The Cheesecake Factory in Houston. He spent more than a year in Tikrit, Iraq in mid-2007 to 2008 working for KBR as the dining facility chef where he was responsible for serving over 10,000 diners daily.
At The Tremont House, Ross is responsible for overseeing the Tremont Cafe, room service as well as banquets. He leads a team of 9 which includes an executive sous chef and other support staff. His favorite dishes at Tremont Café are Chicken Pesto Flat Bread and Galveston Panini.
Q & A with Executive Chef Bobby Ross of The Tremont House
Who taught you how to cook?
Chef Rigo Vasquez, he was my mentor for five years at The Jimmy Walker Room. He had great passion, love for food and people.
What is the most important tool to have in the kitchen?
Tasting spoons. You need to know how your food tastes and how the dish develops flavor while you are cooking.
What are your favorite spices?
Korean Red Pepper, Cumin and Kosher Salt.
What is your favorite item on the menu at Tremont Café?
BBQ Chicken Flatbread.
If you could only prepare one final meal, what would be on your menu?
Oxtail Soup, Korean BBQ LA Short Ribs and Steamed Rice. This was a delicacy while growing up and a family tradition.
What is your philosophy on cooking?
Never stop learning, cook with confidence and from the heart and enjoy it.
What is your favorite dish to prepare at home for family and friends?
Hickory Smoked Ribs and Brisket, you can always bring the family together for some great BBQ.
About The Tremont House
The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, is owned by Galveston preservationist George Mitchell as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. The Tremont House is a 119-room boutique style hotel located in the heart of historic downtown Galveston Island. This historic hotel features 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a bistro-style café, fitness center and two bars for entertainment – the 1888 Toujouse Bar and The Rooftop Bar. For reservations, call (409) 763-0300 or visit www.WyndhamTremontHouse.com.
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