Roberto de Carvalho has been announced as the new executive chef of the Cape Town International Convention Centre. With over 20 years’ experience in the culinary industry and originally hailing from Johannesburg, de Carvalho most recently held the position of Resort Executive Chef at the One & Only Cape Town for over three years. Other stints include 8 years at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa as Executive Head Chef, Senior Chef de Partie at the Park Hyatt Rosebank, as well as running his own restaurant (Roberto’s Signature Restaurant) on Long Street, Cape Town.

“Roberto has a wealth of experience in the hospitality sector. We’re confident that his expertise in fine-dining and running his own business will ensure the CTICC’s culinary offering is always in line with the latest cuisine trends. The CTICC’s kitchen offers an Executive Chef with a unique challenge. Food plays a significant part of any memorable event and we’re confident that his creativity will further enrich our catering services to clients,” said Julie-May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer at the CTICC.

“I would like to ensure that the already high standards of the CTICC culinary department are maintained and over the next few months I would like to also start pushing the boundaries and ensuring that the food remains on a high international level, making sure that we are globally competitive with our presentation and flavour combinations,” said de Carvalho.

He added: “I am excited and anxious all at the same time, but after more than 20 years in the culinary industry, this is a position that I would like to prove that I can do.”