Rice Village’s Roma restaurant has announced that Kevin Bryant will be the new executive chef. Photo: Al Torres
February 2 will mark two important dates for Chef Kevin Bryant. It’s his birthday, to begin with. It will also be the first day in his new role as Executive Chef for Rome restaurant in rice village.
Roma owner Shanon Scott announced a new partnership with Bryant, who has been absent from the Houston restaurant scene for several years, to bring his chef chops to the Italian restaurant where he will expand the menu and develop fine dining events.
Houston restaurateurs will remember Bryant from his work at Eleven XI on West Grey, which opened in 2013 and closed two years later. Since then, Bryant, whose resume includes work at Tony’s, Oceanaire and Landry’s Restaurants, has worked as a restaurant consultant, private chef, in the coffee industry (at Katz Coffee) and as a business manager for Cotton GDS, an emergency response company. to Katy who specializes in disaster relief and emergency restoration.
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Having worked at Tony’s, Houston’s iconic Italian restaurant, Bryant is well versed in Italian flavors and techniques and will bring those skills to Roma, 2347 University Blvd.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have brought Kevin on board,” says Scott of his longtime friend and now executive chef. “He and I break down each dish on the menu. From ingredients to preparation and dressing. He is so talented.
Bryant said Roma was a special place for him. It was there that he took his wife, restaurant publicist Marie Elgamal, on their first date.
“I’m thrilled to be back in the game and working with a longtime friend in a place that I have a lot of passion for,” Bryant said. “I’m excited to focus on the menu and add some creativity.”
Although Bryant starts work on February 2, his new menu will launch in early March. He will also develop menus for Roma’s weekly virtual wine dinner series featuring Italian winemakers. He will also develop the restaurant’s catering services.
Scott opened the restaurant as Sud Italia Ristorante in 2015 as a neighborhood restaurant with a menu inspired by his many trips to Italy. He relaunched the restaurant in 2019 as Roma, an Italian trattoria specializing in Roman food and wine.
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