After just less than a year, Venoy Rogers III is leaving his post as executive chef at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando to join the Certified Angus Beef brand organization in Wooster, Ohio, near Akron. He will be executive chef for the company, which maintains a culinary center for recipe development and education experiences for chefs and restaurateurs interested in expanding their meat knowledge.
Rogers moved to the downtown hotel and its signature restaurant, the Boheme, last year from the B Resort at Walt Disney World where he oversaw the American Kitchen Bar & Grill. He had been at the B Resort since 2016 and had previously cooked at the Palm Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach and W in San Diego. He is a 2008 graduate of the Culinary Institute of Platt College in North Oklahoma City.
Speaking by phone Monday on his way to Wooster after landing in Cleveland, Rogers said of the company’s culinary center, “It’s not a restaurant but it’s where the magic will happen.” He said that he will be a member of a team that includes about seven chefs and will be in charge of all events that are held at the complex, including the annual conference, and leading other events and food festivals offsite. He said he will be “teaching and creating with beef.” Certified Angus Beef is a nonprofit owned by members of the American Angus Association and its farmer members.
Rogers had replaced Laurent Hollaender at the Grand Bohemian after he accepted the opening executive chef position at D.C.’s Kimpton Banneker Hotel. That property and its signature restaurant, Le Sel, opened last fall.
As for who will replace him at the Grand Bohemian, Rogers could only say that management is “shooting for the stars” and hopes to hire someone with experience at a Michelin-rated restaurant.
The new hire will have the opportunity to participate in an approximately $20 million renovation of the hotel, which opened in April of 2001, that will include an overhaul of the dining room, bar and two kitchens. The redo will also convert the art gallery into a private dining space.
Rogers said the renovations will begin with the guest rooms in June with the food and beverage construction in August. It is planned to be finished by the end of the year.
“I'm going to be green [with envy] when the renovations are finished,” he said.