Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Boulevard
ChampionsGate, Florida 33896

MEET OUR CHEFS

Chef Ramesh Kaduru

Ramesh Kaduru

Resort Executive Chef

Executive Chef Ramesh Kaduru joins Omni Hotels & Resorts after a rich tenure with The Ritz-Carlton Company, most recently as executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. Chef Kaduru spearheaded the culinary program at several of Florida’s most prestigious resorts. Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, Chef Kaduru was executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove and led culinary teams at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach and The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples. Chef Kaduru has also held positions at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba and The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Born and raised in India, Chef Kaduru holds a diploma in Hotel Management & Catering Technology, as well as a Bachelor of Science from S.V. University in India.

Chef Kaduru oversees the culinary operations at the resort’s nine exceptional dining experiences, also infusing his unique background and Indian cooking traditions in the resort’s wedding and event catering menus.

Chef Chris McDonough

Christopher McDonough

Executive Sous Chef, Restaurants

Chef Christopher McDonough, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, began his culinary career at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, where he held various positions including executive chef of II Mulino New York Trattoria and Todd English’s Bluezoo, winner of the AAA Four Diamond award. During his career, Chef McDonough traveled to Brazil to work alongside world-renowned 2-Michelin star Chef Alex Atala and Chef Geovane Carneiro, to fine tune and hone his skills. Aside from cooking, chef McDonough is an avid reader and enjoys racing cars and motorcycles at various circuits worldwide.

 

Chef McDonough serves as executive sous chef over the resort’s restaurants.

Chef Joseph Berta

Joseph Berta

Zen Restaurant Chef

Chef Joseph Berta began his career in the culinary arts at a young age. He developed his passion for cooking at home, cooking for his family and friends. Joseph attended Johnson & Wales University. He obtained both an Associate's and Bachelor's degree in the field of culinary arts and continued his professional training at the five-star Best Western Hotel in Dortmound, Germany and 400-seat Luisenhof Restaurant in Dresden, Germany. 

Returning to the United States, Chef Berta assisted the Harper's Group in the opening of M5 Modern Mediterranean, an upscale open kitchen restaurant in Charlotte, NC. He then decided to advance his career in the hotel sector and began at the Eden Roc Beach Resort in Miami Beach. He was selected to open the new restaurant - The Burlock Coast Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, which set the new standard of hotel restaurants in the Ritz-Carlton brand.

Chef Berta currently oversees Zen Restaurant at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

Chef Richard Assaf

Richard Assaf

Restaurant Chef, David's Club

Chef Richard Assaf has more than 18 years of experience, studying French culinary at Sagesse University, in Beirut, Lebanon and culinary courses with Michelin star chefs, Joel Robuchon and Alain Ducasse, in France.

 

Chef Assaf spent six years as the executive chef for the five star restaurant, L’avenue du Parc Restaurant & Lounge in Lebanon. He specializes in fine dining, cooks everything from scratch and focuses on proper cooking technique, taste and presentation. Chef Assaf has traveled and worked in many countries to broaden his culinary experience. He currently serves as the restaurant chef at David's Club.