Monte Carlo - The Pub at Monte Carlo - Damis Irizarry Biography
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Chef Damis Irizarry received his associate’s degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in 1997, while simultaneously working as chef tournant at Hyatt Regency Coral Gables in Florida. After graduation, Irizarry took his culinary passion to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando where he served as chef tournant, rotating from station to station to assist in all aspects of the kitchen. One year later, Irizarry moved up within the company to sous chef of the AAA Five Diamond Hamilton’s Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Miami where he was responsible for staff and kitchen management, food presentation and menu development.
Irizarry opted for a change of scenery and decided to move to the desert in late 1999 when he accepted the position of chef de cuisine at both Japengo restaurant and Café Tajine at Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort. Here, Irizarry trained and developed the staff of both high-volume kitchens while creating menus and recipes from scratch. After four years of hard work, Irizarry was offered the executive chef position at the Asian fusion restaurant Fusia inside Luxor Hotel and Casino. As executive chef, Irizarry oversaw employee and cuisine development, maintained product quality and managed food costs.
In 2006, Irizarry took on a new challenge and accepted the executive sous chef position at The Signature at MGM Grand. In this role, Irizarry was responsible for multiple dining venues as well as employee training. During his time at The Signature, Irizarry also created food safety and sanitation training programs for managers to provide to employees emphasizing the importance of proper food handling standards. After eight successful years at The Signature, Irizarry was offered the position of executive chef at The Pub at Monte Carlo, which he gladly accepted.
In his current role, Irizarry is responsible for overseeing and training all kitchen staff, menu creation and food quality as well as leading The Pub’s monthly beer pairing dinner series, Gus’ Beer & Bites. At The Pub, Irizarry’s passion for exceeding guest expectations through attention to detail continues to be realized every day through his approachable yet high-quality menu offerings.